John Martin's WWII bestseller comes to audio

News - Books Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Parthian's fastest seller ever is now a Hachette audiobook


Hachette Audio has published the audiobook of 96-year-old John Martin's memoir A Raid Over Berlin, the fastest selling title ever for South Wales imprint Parthian Books. The narrator is former Doctor Who actor Colin Baker.

A Raid Over Berlin became a number 1 bestseller on Amazon and hit the Sunday Times top 10 after featuring on BBC's The One Show on 27 November. It tells the story of Martin's months as a prisoner of war and of his interrogations by the Gestapo.

Sarah Shrubb, audio publisher at Hachette Audio, said: "There are two stories to this book; John's evocative memoir of his time serving in the war, and the wonderful way in which John's family worked with Parthian and The One Show to bring his story to publication. We're proud to be publishing an audio edition, and would like to thank Parthian, Colin Baker and Ladbroke Studios for making this wonderful recording possible."

Richard Davies, publishing director at Parthian, said: "John Martin's story of his escape from an exploding Lancaster bomber in a night time raid over Berlin in 1944 is an incredible story told incredibly well."

Photo: John Martin and his wife Adelaide

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