The Hackney Martian
Written by Paul Brown | Illustrated by Rowena Blyth
About the book
A play on the location ‘The Hackney Marshes’, the story centres on a boy who finds a small green martian, crash-landed on the famous football common, and so begins an exciting journey of friendship and daring adventure!
In true Indiana Jones style, to help his new-found friend, the boy must embark on a dangerous and epic quest through the sewers under the streets of the capital to the Tower of London, avoiding giant raven birds and guards to find the one special ingredient that will power the martian’s spaceship and return his friend home – diamonds!
The Hackney Martian is a warm tale of friendship, teamwork and camaraderie set against the backdrop of the city of London.
After gaining his artist badge as a Boy Scout, Paul decided to pursue a career in Art and Design. Now, with over 30 years experience in the creative industry behind him, he has served in senior creative positions for some of the best ad agencies and design companies outside of London. With an eye for ideas and a flair for imaginative copywriting, Paul has scooped numerous awards including Roses and Cream for his creativity in advertising, design and digital.
Rowena Blyth’s illustration work for Fourth Wall was shortlisted for a Henries Award for three consecutive years, with her beautiful character-led greetings cards eventually winning a 2014 award for her Moggies & Doggies range. In addition to this, her owl creation Give a Hoot was both a Henries finalist and ‘License This’ award finalist at Brand Licensing Europe 2014.
The marriage of Rowena’s illustration and design style with Fourth Wall’s diverse product offering has proven to be a mainstream retail success.