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One of Britain's bestselling Crime writers.
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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Posted on 29th Sep, 2012
Martina Cole spoke to us about her new bestseller, The Life, as well as theatre, The Only Way is Essex and Fifty Shades of Grey during her visit to Waterstones Leadenhall Market.