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The Blackpool Highflyer

Andrew Martin

The Blackpool Highflyer by Andrew Martin is the second Jim Stringer adventure, a superbly atmospheric thriller of sabotage, suspicion and steam.

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‘Genuinely gripping … A brilliant evocation of Edwardian working-class life – the sort of thing DH Lawrence might have written had he been less verbose or been blessed with a sense of humour.’ Peter Parker, Evening Standard

The second Jim Stringer adventure, The Blackpool Highflyer is a superbly atmospheric thriller of sabotage, suspicion and steam.

‘Unique and important … There is no one else who is writing like Andrew Martin today.’ Ian Marchant, Guardian

‘Evokes Edwardian Yorkshire and Lancashire, their great industrial prosperity and singular ways of living, quite brilliantly in a historical whodunnit which for its fresh and stealthy approach to past times deserves the adjective Bainbridgean.’ Ian Jack, Guardian (Books of the Year)

‘A steamy whodunnit … This may well be the best fiction about the railways since Dickens.’ Michael Williams, Independent on Sunday


Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. His critically praised ‘Jim Stringer’ series began withThe Necropolis Railway in 2002. The following titles in the series, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line, were shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award and, in 2008, Andrew Martin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.…

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