Martin Fone

Writer and blogger



Welcome to my website which showcases my writing.

After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge with a degree in Classics, I started my working career as an audit assistant. However, I soon found the world of bean-counting too racy for my taste and retreated to the calmer pastures of the insurance industry. I had a successful business career, during the course of which I co-authored two books on public sector risk management, which were adopted by the Institute of Risk Management as their standard text books.

Since retiring, I have had the opportunity to develop my interests, mainly reading, writing and thinking or, as my wife puts it, “locking myself away in my office for a few hours a day”. In particular, I have been blogging and writing in a tongue-in-cheek, irreverent style about the quirks, idiocies and idiosyncrasies of life, both modern and ancient. To find out more about my blog, click

Since leaving the insurance industry behind I have written and published three books, Fifty Clever Bastards, Fifty Curious Questions and Fifty Scams and Hoaxes, all of which are still available from all good book retailers and high-class charity shops. You can find details about each of these books together with details of how to get hold of copies here.

Fifty Curious Questions was a category finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards in 2018 and was serialised by Country Life magazine’s social media platform. Since then I have contributed regularly to their Curious Questions section which appears every Saturday. You can find the articles here

Fifty Scams and Hoaxes generated some favourable media attention and I appeared on the Matthew Wright show on talkRADIO and the David Jemitus show on Brooklands Radio, talking about the book. Podcasts of these interviews can be found here It was a category finalist in the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards 2019.

I have just finished my fourth book which has a working title of The Fickle Finger, which now has a publication/release date of April 28, 2020. Details of the book can be found here

The key take-away from my experience is that you are never too old to start writing!

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