Andreu Martín (Barcelona, 1949) is a prolific writer who has published over a hundred books in Catalan and Spanish, mostly in the field of crime-writing literature for adults and young people. He has also written comic and scripts for theatre, television and cinema.
He has received, on three occasions, the Hammet Prize of the International Association of Crime Writers to the best novel in Spanish –Barcelona connection, in 1989, El hombre de la navaja, in 1993 and Bellísimas personas, in 2000–; the Deutsche Krimi Preis to the best crime novel published in Germany in 1992, with the German translation of Si és no és; La Sonrisa Vertical prize of erotic literature in 2001 with Espera, ponte así; the 2011 Sant Joan Prize with Cabaret Pompeya and the 2012 Crims de Tinta Prize with Societat Negra. The whole of his work has been recognized with the 2001 Prize of the Association of Private Detectives of Catalonia, the Memorial Jaume Fuster 2003 Prize and the Pepe Carvalho 2011 Prize.
After winning the Spanish National Prize for Young People's Literature in 1989 with the first book written jointly by him and Jaume Ribera, No demanis llobarro fora de temporada, they created the literary character Flanagan, star of numerous novels for young people who have earned the 1994 Columna Jove Prize with Flanagan de luxe and the 1997 Crítica Serra d'Or Prize with Flanagan Blues Band.
His work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Dutch, Lithuanian, Basque, Spanish and the Asturian language Bable.
He is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
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Photograph: © Judit Contreras/AELC (2010).