Martina Cole

One of Britain's bestselling crime writers.

Martina Cole

Biography

Date of birth: 30 March 1959

Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex on a similar council estate as to where many of her books are set. She was expelled from her convent school at fifteen and had her first son, Chris, at the age of nineteen.

She wrote her first novel, Dangerous Lady, when she was twenty but didn't do anything with it until ten years later. Having found it, she typed it up on an electric typewriter and sent it to a literary agency. It was subsequently bought by Headline for a record £150,000.

Since then she has written a book nearly every year, almost every single one of which has topped the bestseller charts. Her novels have been adapted into both television programmes and stage plays.

She currently lives in Kent with her daughter.

Book and writing awards

British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year 2006 (The Take).

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The Good Life

The Good Life

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The Good Life

The Good Life (Hardback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Hardback 448 pages
Published: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing

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Revenge

Revenge (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 624 pages
Published: 24/04/2014
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Thrilling. Compulsive. Dangerous. REVENGE is the brand new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole. BE SURE YOUR SINS WILL... Read more

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The Life

The Life (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 608 pages
Published: 09/05/2013
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The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. 1 bestselling author. The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to... Read more

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The Faithless

The Faithless (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 10/05/2012
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5 out of 5

A powerfully addictive novel from the No. 1 bestseller Martina Cole Gabby looked at the woman she had hated nearly all her life. Then she sat down... Read more

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The Family

The Family (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 592 pages
Published: 12/05/2011
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This devastatingly powerful and utterly unforgettable story from the bestselling Martina Cole will hook you in from the very first page, and keep... Read more

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Hard Girls

Hard Girls (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 608 pages
Published: 15/04/2010
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An utterly compelling, gripping and disturbing thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole that will have you hooked until the very last... Read more

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The Business

The Business (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 576 pages
Published: 21/02/2009
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3 out of 5

A tale of drugs, prostitution and a young girl's fight for survival against all the odds from the bestselling author Martina Cole. Imelda Dooley... Read more

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Faces

Faces (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 672 pages
Published: 16/02/2008
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Set in the heart of London's criminal gangland, this story from bestselling author Martina Cole is gritty, gripping and utterly unforgettable.... Read more

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Close

Close (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 656 pages
Published: 11/11/2010
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A novel from the bestselling Martina Cole that is powerful, shocking and utterly addictive. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And... Read more

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The Take

The Take (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 608 pages
Published: 16/04/2009
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Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready... Read more

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The Graft

The Graft (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 11/11/2010
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An enthralling and hard-hitting story of violence and revenge from No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole. Looking back, Nick Leary couldn't say... Read more

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The Know

The Know (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 30/09/2010
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From the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole comes a heartbreaking story of obsession when being in the know can be deadly Joanie Brewer's... Read more

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Maura's Game

Maura's Game (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 544 pages
Published: 30/09/2010
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The electrifying sequel to Martina Cole's DANGEROUS LADY combines emotional drama and shocking realism. Maura Ryan was the queen of the criminal... Read more

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Faceless

Faceless (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 576 pages
Published: 11/11/2010
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An unforgettable story from the unique voice of bestselling author Martina Cole. Eleven years ago Marie Carter was convicted of killing her two best... Read more

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Broken

Broken (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 608 pages
Published: 29/10/2009
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The electrifying sequel to The Ladykiller by the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole. DI Kate Burrows thought she'd never face a killer like... Read more

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Two Women

Two Women (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 640 pages
Published: 30/04/2009
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An explosive and heartbreaking story from the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole Danger and violence have always been part of Sue Dalston's... Read more

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The Runaway

The Runaway (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 736 pages
Published: 28/10/2010
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A gritty, unputdownable thriller from of corruption and violence from the No. 1 bestseller When Cathy Connor and Eamonn Docherty are thrown together... Read more

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The Jump

The Jump (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 832 pages
Published: 29/04/2010
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From the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole comes a gripping story of life on the inside and the outside of one of Britain's toughest prisons... Read more

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Goodnight Lady

Goodnight Lady (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 832 pages
Published: 29/04/2010
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A tour-de-force thriller of corruption and violence from the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole. In the sixties, Briony Cavanagh ran a string of... Read more

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The Ladykiller

The Ladykiller (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 736 pages
Published: 29/10/2009
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A terrifying thriller that never relaxes its powerful grip from the No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole George Markham has a nasty little hobby,... Read more

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Dangerous Lady

Dangerous Lady (Paperback)

by Martina Cole

Format: Paperback 608 pages
Published: 18/03/2010
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Bestselling author Martina Cole's explosive first novel of corruption and violence. No one thinks a seventeen-year-old girl can take on the hard... Read more

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