Martin Knight is a British author whose work has encompassed working-class, Romany, football-fan and popular culture, as well as true crime, sport and fiction. He has collaborated with iconic footballers such as George Best, Peter Osgood, Dave Mackay and Charlie Cooke on their best-selling autobiographies.
Cushty was written with gypsy golfer and boxer Joe Smith, the book charting how a disadvantaged Romany boy battled prejudice and racism to make serious inroads in golf and life. The first edition was published as Gypsy Joe and selected as The Observer Sports Book of the Year.
In 2018, Knight co-authored I Ran With The Gang with Bay City Rollers founder-member Alan Longmuir, while the year before he wrote an extended Afterword for seminal footballing autobiography The Working Man’s Ballet, by Chelsea icon Alan Hudson.
Justice For Joan, his controversial deep dive into the 1948 unsolved murder of a librarian in Arundel, Sussex, was released in 2016. In 2015, he was one of the contributors to More Raw Material, a tribute to one of Britain’s leading working-class writers, Alan Sillitoe.
Knight also wrote the introduction to There Ain’t No Justice, the 2013 edition of the 1930s working-class/boxing classic novel that was made into a film starring Jimmy Hanley. In 2010, We Are Not Manslaughterers re-examined the case of the first police officer to be murdered in a civil riot on UK soil and revealed a cover-up.
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Cushty: “One of the best golf books written this year; although the cheque books come out for the scandal, this true story of thwarted ambition, criminality, violence and redemption has substance. A courageous story shot through with intelligence and humanity.” The Observer
I Ran With The Gang: “Almost impossible to put down, this is a highly refreshing music business memoir, devoid of dirt-dishing, upbeat in the face of negativity, and inspiring in its positivity.” Morning Star
Justice For Joan: “This is a case rife with cover-ups, cock-ups and conspiracy theories.” Daily Mail
Battersea Girl: “By the end of the book I knew Nell so well, and I admired and loved her. I also knew what it was like to be a working-class woman before feminism had kicked in… absolutely fascinating.” Neil Dunn, author of Up The Junction… “A marvellously detailed chronicle of social history… The cumulative power of the narrative is a remarkable achievement.” Alan Sillitoe, author of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
The Bonnie Prince (Charlie Cooke): “Not many of the Christmas tomes are as articulate as this.” Jeff Powell, Daily Mail
Ossie: King Of The Bridge (Peter Osgood): “Possibly the funniest football book of the year.” The Observer… “A deliciously honest account of a maverick life.” The Times… “Contains one of the finest opening sentence to any footballer’s autobiography ever.” When Saturday Comes
Grass (Phil Sparrowhawk): “Never before has a drug dealer been cast in such an agreeable light.” The Independent
Scoring At Half-Time (George Best): “An entertaining sequel to Blessed.” The Bookseller