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James Martin

James Martin was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1966. From an early age, he immersed himself in English literature, acquiring a feel for language, yet without really having any more than superficial notion of meaning or subtext. Receiving nil guidance from his parental father, and little more from his mother, James had a more or less happy youth, but, as the family made a move from halcyon Sydney to conservative Melbourne in 1980, an outbreak of skin problems withdrew him from the society of peers, and he decided to immerse himself in the all-too voluminous beast that is Chess lore. Falling into love and obsession with Bobby Fischer, ‘Caïssa's favourite son,' contributed in part to psychological disturbance that was to revolve its doors in his university years and up to the present day. Yet Martin has continued to pursue his ambition to write, and the interested reader is referred to his other book of verse, again a tribute to Fischer, namely Sixty Sexy Sonnets [Austin Macauley, 2019].


  • Prayers for Bobby


    With Prayers for Bobby, James presents a series of ninety sonnets through which a veritable horde of admirers, or 'pray-ers', offer their solidarity in devotion to "the greatest of them all" - all the time asking: "Will the real Bobby Fischer please stand up?"

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