Andy Martin Andy Martin was born in London, a mile down the road from West Ham United football club. He dreamed of playing at Upton Park but got sidetracked by (a) philosophy (b) Brigitte Bardot and (c) surfing. He studied at Cambridge, Paris, Hawaii, and Yallingup. He married a woman from Perth and they have two sons who fervently support Australia in the Ashes encounters. He is a former surfing correspondent to The Times (London). He teaches French at Cambridge but is currently attached to the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library. His two most recent books are 'Beware Invisible Cows' and 'Stealing the Wave'. He is currently working on a project called 'What It Feels Like To Be Alive'.