Troubador The Man in the Street

Released: 28/06/2019

ISBN: 9781789018165

eISBN: 9781838599058

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Man in the Street


Britain, 1930s. Tony Cox, out-of-work, finds himself swept up in a wave of right-wing activism - mass rallies, charismatic leadership and public violence. Rising through the ranks of the British Union of Fascists, he is interned at the outbreak of the Second World War. Upon his release, Tony reinvents himself, burying his history from everyone, including the one person who truly loves him: his grandson. But when a violent secret from the past emerges, Tony’s world is brought crashing down around him.

Britain, 1990s. David Coxon-Dyet looks up to Tony. He knows nothing about his secret past, but as his personal life collapses and David is faced with redundancy and economic insecurity, the terrible truth about his grandfather is revealed.

Betrayed by the actions of others, both grandfather and grandson take extreme measures to wrest back control. For these men in the street the consequences are profound.

My third novel Coming Down can now be bought online and ordered from all good bookshops. My first two novels The Man in the Street and White Linen are also available.

A must read! This is a really enjoyable and gripping read. The two intertwined stories of the 1930s and 1990s come together brilliantly at the end. It’s wonderfully written, with humour and drama. But what struck me most, apart from the spot on characterisation and clever plot line, was how shockingly familiar it sounded to current right-wing populism.

by Becky S

It’s excellent. Another page turner from Martin Howe. Well worth the read.

by Sara Eppel

The 80th anniversary of the start of WW2 this month was an appropriate point to read this mystery, spanning the period from 1930s to the turn of this century, and dealing with the rise of British Fascist Party under Mosley. The menace and violence of this movement is well described and a constant thread. Characters are brought to life empathetically. The plot flip flops from pre/ war period to the late 1990s giving an intriguing interplay between protagonists and revealing the detail of the little publicised history of internment of Nazi sympathisers and BFP members. It seems fearfully prescient given the political and socio economic climate in the U.K. today. The tension continues to an unusual end. I thoroughly enjoyed what I would, unhesitatingly, call a page turner which I read over 2 evenings.

by Stephanie

This book was very interesting, thought provoking and had great character development. The political views highlight the current political climate and the ending had an exciting unexpected twist! Really recommend.

by DH

This encapsulating read depicts the story of how a few questionable decisions can lead to some far-reaching consequences. I thoroughly enjoyed how the storylines twisted and turned throughout, reaching to a nail-biting conclusion. Martin's writing portrays great vivid imagery enabling the reader to see, and in some cases almost smell what the characters are thinking and experiencing. I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in the political landscape of the 1930's.

by Jack R

A timely account of ordinary men and women drawn to activism by Mosley’s black shirts in the 1930’s. Against the backdrop of polarisation in our politics, this novel, based on a true story, sets out how ordinary people can be swept into right wing politics. Tense and gripping, it is an essential read for anyone concerned about the rise of populism around the world.

by Deborah Mattinson

Martin Howe


Martin Howe previously worked in senior editorial, production, presentation and reporting roles in television,radio and online for the BBC and Channel 4. He has written 4 novels and lives in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

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