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“Being Human Is The Least We Normally Expect From A Policeman,” Says Debut Novelist Wilkie Martin

Release of debut novel, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood, inspired by Neanderthal programme and first in unhuman series from Impress Prize for New Writers shortlisted Wilkie Martin.


Cotswolds, UK - The central character in Wilkie Martin’s debut novel, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood was inspired by seeing British TV presenter and gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, walking around London’s Oxford Street made-up to look like a Neanderthal. “I thought, what if there really were non-human people, not necessarily Neanderthals, but ‘unhumans’, walking around; they’d need a job, and why not the police? Being human is the least we normally expect from a policeman. Although it was some time ago, the image struck a chord and the idea stuck with me, and with other people who found the character of Inspector Hobbes appealing,” says Wilkie.

Inspector Hobbes and the Blood, is a fast-paced comedy crime fantasy with lots of ludicrous and humorous situations, and lashings of good food. Set in an English Cotswolds town, it is a diverting light read for all ages that was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers in 2012. It will be published by The Witcherley Book Company on 26 July 2013 in paperback (ISBN: 9780957635104, £7.99) and Kindle (ISBN: 9780957635111, £4.99) on Amazon, and in paperback from other online retailers, or bookshops.

It is the first in the ‘unhuman’ series featuring Inspector Hobbes, and is narrated by Andy Caplet, a failed journalist. “Andy was a way of getting into and explaining an unusual mind and allowing the reader to relate to Hobbes through a normal, if very fallible, human being,” says Wilkie, who explains more behind the characters in his blog (

The original Alan Titchmarsh programme was broadcast on the BBC ( in 2004, and was covered by The Sun newspaper (

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