martin-randallDr. Martin Randall is a writer and critic and has read more novels than anyone else I know.  His short fiction is characterised by its elegiac beauty and features powerful reflections on loss, loneliness, alienation, mortality, and the purpose and morality of art.  He often denies having published poetry, but the historical record contradicts him on this point.  As a critic, he has completed a doctoral thesis on literary responses to the Holocaust and has published essays on contemporary writers, including Ian McEwan.

His monograph, 9-11 and the Literature of Terror, is published by Edinburgh University Press (2011).  A thoughtful and complex book, it is also immensely readable; Randall manages to criticise and politicise a literature of memorialisation, with out ever diminishing or belittling the act of remembering.  Reviewing the book in Scotland on Sunday, on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Stuart Kelly described it as ‘an important milestone in our understanding of how culture can encompass those events’. A paperback edition of the book was released in 2014.  Given his research interests, it’s perhaps surprising that Martin is a brilliant raconteur and an irreverent humorist liable to produce baroque comic metaphors.  Among many moral failings, he is a Manchester United supporter.  He is also an atheist, a film buff, a strong pool player, a white wine drinker, and many other things.  He is currently working on a novel, provisionally titled Ostend, the brilliant opening of which was recently published in American, British, and Canadian Studies.



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