Martin Fone

Writer and blogger


cropped-mf-2.jpgWelcome to my website which is intended to showcase 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 his 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 his 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. Click the windowthroughtime page to find out more about my blog.

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 on the relevant pages of this website together with details of how to get hold of copies.

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 more details in the Articles section of this website.

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 on the Media section of this website.

I have just finished my fourth book which has a working title of The Fickle Finger. I anticipate it will see the light of day in early 2020.

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

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