Martin Walker (reporter)

Martin Walker (born 1947) is the author of the popular Bruno detective series set in the Périgord region of France. After working at The Guardian from 1971-1999, Walker joined United Press International (UPI) in 2000 as an international correspondent in Washington, D.C., and is now Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of UPI. He was a member of A.T. Kearney's Global Business Policy Council.

Martin Walker
Born1947 (age 7172)
Scotland, UK
OccupationReporter and novelist
GenreNon-fiction (history), crime fiction



He was educated at Harrow County School for Boys and Balliol College, Oxford. Walker lives in Europe with his wife, with whom he has two daughters.[1]

He was on the staff of The Guardian from around 1971, working in a variety of positions, including bureau chief in Moscow and the United States, European editor, and assistant editor.[2] One of the unsuccessful candidates for the editorship of The Guardian in 1995, when Alan Rusbridger was appointed in succession to Peter Preston,[3] Walker resigned in 1999 after 28 years with the newspaper.[4]

Walker joined United Press International (UPI) in 2000. While at UPI he was also an international correspondent. He is now Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of UPI. He also holds a variety of other positions, including senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.; senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York; and member of the Board of Directors of the Global Panel Foundation (Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, Sydney and Toronto). He is also a contributing editor of the Los Angeles Times's Opinion section and of Europe magazine. Walker also is a regular commentator on CNN, Inside Washington, and NPR.[1]


Walker has written several non-fiction books, including The National Front,[5] Waking Giant: Gorbachev and Perestroika, The Cold War: A History, Clinton: The President They Deserve and America Reborn.

He is also the author of the Bruno detective series set in the Périgord region of France, where Walker has a holiday home. The novels depict an unconventional village policeman, Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges, a gourmet cook and former soldier who was wounded on a peacekeeping mission in the Balkans, who never carries his official gun and who has "long since lost the key to his handcuffs".

  • Bruno, Chief of Police. Quercus, London 2008, ISBN 978-1-84724-507-6
  • The Dark Vineyard. Quercus, London 2009, ISBN 978-1-84724-915-9
  • Black Diamond. Quercus, London 2010, ISBN 978-0-85738-053-1
  • The Crowded Grave. Quercus, London 2011, ISBN 978-1-84916-321-7
  • The Devil's Cave. Quercus, London 2012, ISBN 978-1-78087-068-7
  • Bruno and the Carol Singers (Bruno and le Père Noël), e-book, a short story. Recorded Books, Prince Frederick, MD, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4703-6308-6
  • The Resistance Man. Quercus, London 2013, ISBN 978-1-78087-072-4
  • Children of War. Quercus, London 2014, ISBN 978-1-84866-402-9 (US title: The Children Return)
  • The Dying Season. Quercus, London 2015, ISBN 978-1-84866-405-0 (US title: The Patriarch)
  • Fatal Pursuit. Quercus, London 2016, ISBN 978-1-78429-457-1
  • The Templars' Last Secret. Quercus, London 2017, ISBN 978-1-78429-466-3
  • A Taste for Vengeance, Knopf, New York 2018, ISBN 978-0-52551-996-6
  • The Body in the Castle Well, Knopf, New York 2019, ISBN 978-0-52551-998-0 (Release date June 4, 2019)


  1. "Martin Walker". Random House, Inc. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  2. "Biography of Martin Walker". The Globalist. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  3. Maggie Brown "Guardian names its new editor", The Independent, 25 January 1995
  4. David Lister "Veteran reporter quits Guardian", The Independent, 3 August 1999
  5. Published by Fontana, London, 1977, ISBN 0006348246
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