Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults. His first, Acts of Revision (Bantam Press/Black Swan 1996) won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award. His novels since are Exit, Orange & Red, The Houdini Girl, Black Cat, and The Island of Lost Souls. Between them these novels have been translated into 15 languages. He is also the author of two novels for young adults. The first, Flip, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and named as a Red House Children’s Book Awards Pick of the Year title, as well as winning four regional prizes: the Sheffield Children’s Book Award, the Calderdale Book of the Year Award, the Bay Book Award and the Immanuel College Book Award. His second work of teenage fiction, Never Ending, was published here and in the States in 2014 and his most recent young-adult novel, 
Twenty Questions For Gloria, which was published in 2016. Martyn has contributed to four Comma anthologies: The Book of Leeds, M.O., Beta-Life, Spindles, and Touchpaper (forthcoming). His story 'Letters Home' was made into a short film, directed by Ronald J. Wright. He is currently working on a full collection of short stories.

Martyn is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University.

Publications by Martyn Bedford

Letters Home

The first collection of short stories from award-winning thriller writer and YA author.

Anthologies featuring Martyn Bedford

M.O.: Crimes of Practice

These stories demonstrate that, even with the most despicable of crimes, there’s methodology in the madness.

The Book of Leeds

Bringing together fiction from some of the city's most celebrated writers, The Book of Leeds traces the unique contours that fifty years of social and economic change can impress on a city.

Leeds Stories 1

This is the first in a series of specially commissioned, original short stories celebrating the strength and richness of the city's literary alumni.


Short Stories from an A-Life Future

Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep

Protest: Stories of Resistance

This book asks 20 authors and 20 historians to bring crucial moments of British protest to life.