TV crime writer Martina Cole's rags to riches story - Mirror Online
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Get celebs updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Her 50th birthday earlier this year was a lavish affair - and top crime writer Martina Cole was happy to make the most of it.
She spoiled herself by staying in one of the top suites at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, indulging her passion for designer handbags and diamond jewellery. But life hasn't always been so kind to the woman who has captured the imagination of millions of fans worldwide - and seen three of her novels, including The Take, which reached its dramatic climax last night, turned into top TV dramas.
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In a rags to riches story which mirrors that of Harry Potter author JK Rowling, the Essex mother of two once lived in grinding poverty. She even admits stealing his pocket money to pay the bills.
The youngest of five, Martina was born to poor Irish Catholic parents. Her dad was a merchant seaman and her mum a psychiatric nurse in Aveley, Essex. At 14 she dated a bank robber who collected her from school in his blue Jag. She was expelled at 15 from the local convent for being a rebel and married at 16, only to divorce a year later. By 18, she was a single mum sleeping on the floor of her unfurnished council flat. But it wasn't enough to keep us. I felt so bad about it but I was struggling.
What's most unusual, perhaps, is to meet an author who's as charismatic off the page as she is on it.
Whatever you say about a Martina Cole book, they'll carry you along the story at a terrific lick. And so it is in her kitchen, too. It's not just what she says, either. It's the way she says it. She has the kind of gravelly east London vowels that seem tailor-made for voiceover work on a documentary about female serial killers which in fact she's done, it was called Lady Killers or girl gangs which she's also done.
And yet, despite the claw hammers, and the severed arteries and her passion for crime "I'm a news fanatic, I always have the news on. I love American news, they have much better murders. I'd have much better serial killers if I'd lived there.
We're always 10 years behind them, aren't we? It's my first ever seven-hour interview there was a photo-shoot in the middle of it, but even so but I'd happily hang out in Martina's kitchen any day of the week. A week or so later, I see her at the launch of her new drama serial. Her novel, The Take, has been turned into an expensive, glossy, four-part drama by Sky and was given the kind of expensive launch and celeb-studded party usually reserved for feature films.
And it's full of people who've had similar tsunami-style encounters with Cole. Elaine Pike, Sky's head of drama, who commissioned The Take, tells me, "I was your classic stupid, posh, girl executive and I didn't think her books were for me until I was sent one and read it and was completely gripped.
The Take by Martina Cole
And then I went off to meet her four years ago, and I was completely terrified. I mean, have you read the books? And she was just like, 'Sit yourself down, babe.
Have a glass of wine. I've been to one of her book launches and people just absolutely love her. A very well-spoken man in a pinstriped suit comes up to Martina while I'm standing next to her and says, "It's a very dirty piece of work. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. But then that's the way that she writes them. The first two episodes are set in the 80s and it's a bit like a cross between The Sopranos and Ashes to Ashes. At the end of the first episode, one of the characters maims his father with a garden trowel while his wife is giving birth to his son.
And at the end of episode two, he rapes his best friend's wife. I shan't spoil things by telling you how things turn out, but it's fair to say it's not Miss Marple.
And the violence is quite hard to stomach, although it's not without a moral framework. The baddies tend to get done in by other baddies using various methods of dispatch - an apple corer, memorably, or having one's head inserted into a television.
I've always had critics right from day one. They go on about the violence but you know someone once said to me, if you was a man you'd have been the Irvine Welsh of the south-east. Worst of all I'm a blonde Essex girl. Do you know what I mean? And I don't just mean that there's still prejudice against Essex girls. I think there's prejudice against most women. I think there always will be and always has been.
The Take (TV series) - Wikipedia
If you're in a job, it's a male-orientated world, and my job is very male-orientated. Statistically, women buy more books. But statistically men get paid more money.
You tell me if you think there's something wrong with that?
Flashback: Martina Cole’s The Take
The ones who stand up for themselves and survive are clever enough to be financially independent to be able to want a man without actually needing one. Cole was never the downtrodden mug. Men get on my fucking nerves after a while, they drive me up the wall, if you'll excuse my French.
I always say, 'I like a man, I just couldn't eat a whole one.
Plus, men are frightened of me. If they're not frightened of me because I've got too much money, they're frightened of me because they think I'm going to kill them in the night.
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Years ago, I'd have to get Freddie [her daughter] sorted and go and do stuff and you know if I was a male author some nice woman would have had a crisply ironed shirt hanging in the wardrobe, wouldn't she? So now I have a housekeeper. It's like having a wife, it really is. She's a total one-off. I'm Catholic and the fact that I never got married in a Catholic church means I probably didn't take my marriage vows that seriously. If I'd have married in a church, I might have sat them out.
I never married either of my children's fathers. I was only 18 when I got pregnant with my son. In those days it was terrible to be an unmarried, single mother. I've worked hard to be independent. I wish all working-class girls realised how important financial independence is.
If anything goes wrong, you need to be able to keep yourself. Especially from my background, women have children and men walk away. I do a lot of stuff with men and women who are in prison.
I think a lot of the younger women are in there because of men. Nowadays I'm past wanting the relationship stuff. I'm in my forties. I'm older and wiser. I made a conscious decision when I had my daughter that I wasn't going to bring anyone into her life.Charlotte Riley in Martina Cole's "The Take" - Clip 17
I don't think it's fair on her. I've got a couple of guys that I see and that suits me. My children have always been more important to me than any man.