Martin Flanagan was born in 1955 and graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1975. He has written many books, a play and two film treatments. From 1985 to 2017, he wrote for the Melbourne Age on sport and other subjects.
What people have said about Martin Flanagan's football writing:
'Martin Flanagan must never be allowed to stop writing football. I say this because he is the only football writer I have read who is so good I think he could nearly describe a heartbeat - and that, if you want to touch the essence of football, is what you have to do.' Don Watson
'If I'm ever prompted, I have no hesitation in nominating Martin Flanagan as my favourite writer… I only hope I can see the game off the field as well as he does.' Nathan Buckley
'I like Martin's writing, and I know most players do too, because he comes from a different perspective.' James Hird
'The best of Flanagan has a finesse and feeling that no current Australian sports-writer approaches, let alone equals.' Gideon Haigh