Martina Cole on violence in the criminal world

‘I grew up on the periphery of the criminal world. You write about what you know, and this is the world I know’ Martina Cole was raised on the fringes of the world of organised crime. Infamous gangsters, such as the Kray brothers, were regular faces sh

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Martina Cole on the theme of family

‘I write about these huge families for the simple reason that we’re all interested in large families. You’ll always get a big story from a big family. And people love the concept of families and the dynamics that go on in them. There’s often jealousy,

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Martina Cole on strong women in her books

‘I think my readers like the strength of my female characters. From Maura Ryan in my first book, who changed from being just an average girl, living an average life, into a woman who took over part of gangland London, to Reeva and Jade from Betrayal, w

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Martina Cole on Kate Burrows

Martina Cole’s first police procedural novel, The Ladykiller, was published in 1993. Before this, Martina had chosen to write very much from the perspective of the criminal, but in The Ladykiller Martina tells the story from the side of the law through

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Martina Cole in conversation with Annie Aldington

Listen to Martina Cole in conversation with Annie Aldington, who reads all of her audiobooks, for the anniversary edition of Dangerous Lady.

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Martina’s Prison Series

‘I’ve always been an advocate of education in prisons’ For years Martina Cole has visited and worked within prisons across the UK. A passionate advocate of rehabilitation and education within the prison system, Martina has taught creative writing class

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Television adaptations

Martina Cole has had her novels adapted for TV screens and the stage, as well narrating documentaries looking at female killers and girl gangs. Here she tells us about what that’s been like for her. How do you feel when you see your books adapted on sc

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