Iain Martin was born in Colchester and attended Canterbury Christ Church College before embarking on a career in bookselling and writing lots of things.

While working for Ottakars and then Waterstone’s he contributed to various BBC radio comedy shows, books like ‘Shooty Dog Thing’ (Hirst Books, 2010) and magazines like The Bookseller and Books Quarterly before moving to the UAE.┬áHe went on to write a column for Alpha Magazine in Dubai. He has recently contributed essays to two forthcoming titles from Watching Books.