Martin’s novel beginning

Martin Richardson with his novel
Martin Richardson with his novel
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A Portsmouth author has made his novel-writing debut with a book set in World War One.

Former soldier Martin Richardson wrote The Dawn’s Chorus as the first of a five-part series of books set in the conflict.

He said: ‘The stage is set during the opening months of the war with a historical backdrop of the battle of Mons leading to death, destruction, deceit and divided loyalty all around.

‘It introduces the main character, Lieutenant Stephen Caffney.’

Martin, 48, who is Portsmouth born and bred, works in the operations team at The Royal Maritime Club in the city.

The second in his series of novels set in World War One, A Shout at Midnight, will be published soon.