Martin Brown is best known for his illustrations of the best-selling Horrible Histories series.
Martin was born and brought up in Melbourne, Australia, with his brother and sister. Ever since he can remember he's been doodling and drawing cartoons. This enthusiasm for non-stop doodling and being glued to cartoon TV shows - especially Bugs Bunny - made his future career choice obvious.
When Martin left school, he went to college to train to become an art teacher but he didn't complete the course. Instead, he spent a couple of years working in a television studio before following in the footsteps of thousands of Aussie backpackers and taking off round the world. He arrived in London and didn't plan to stay, but he soon settled there and started work.
Martin decided to see if he could make a living from the very thing he liked doing most - drawing. It was slow at first, the occasional cartoon or greetings card, but the work built up through magazines, books and more cards. His luck changed when he landed a job with Hippo books to illustrate Peter Corey's book, Coping With Parents. That started a long and happy relationship with Scholastic and the rest, as they say, is (horrible) history!
Martin lives with his wife, Sally, and their daughters Emmy and Bella, in the Dorset countryside. Although they don't have any pets the garden in front and the field at the back are full of rabbits, shrews, crows, ducks and a lone squirrel.