Artful is available on Amazon

I’ve been thinking about writing this novel for a long time.  I started it in 2010 and am now delighted that it is available at Amazon.  I will shortly have it available at other outlets via Smashwords.

You can buy it at any Amazon outlet.  You can get directly to the USA site by clicking on the picture to the right.


In the squalid back streets of 1830’s London a small boy is groomed for a life of crime. His astonishing skill as a pick-pocket earns him a new name, the Artful Dodger.But even the most accomplished of thieves can get caught. The Artful Dodger is thrown into prison and sentenced to be transported to Australia.

A victim of persecution on board the transport ship Dodger eventually gets the better of his tormentors, or so he believes. Tyrannised by a new master he experiences all that New South Wales can throw at him, first the struggle to survive in the outback and then a disconcerting new life in Sydney.

It is there that he discovers there are better ways to get rich than by picking pockets. He returns to England and looks forward to a pleasant and profitable life.

But will his past come back to haunt him?

Here is the cover:



About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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