Martel Maxwell

Martel Maxwell is a newspaper columnist, radio and television presenter.

Her debut novel SCANDALOUS, a romantic comedy, was published by Michael Joseph at Penguin in April 2010.

After her apprenticeship, came training in news, features, sport, travel and motoring at the paper’s offices in Manchester, Glasgow and London, followed by a stint at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Australia. Martel then landed a job as a showbiz reporter which saw her interview hundreds of stars including Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Sir Sean Connery and Nicole Kidman.

Martel is a freelance journalist and still writes a weekly opinion column for The Scottish Sun as well as Scotland on Sunday. Martel has had a story included in the charity anthology The Best Day Of My Life alongside the likes of comedian Alan Carr and Stacey and Gavin actor James Corden, published in October 2008. She has also completed her first novel Scandalous, a romantic comedy which is soon to be published by Penguin.

Martel recently filmed Dont Get Screwed, a new consumer pilot show for BBC3 and is the consumer expert on STV’s daily live show, The Hour as well as sometimes co-hosting the entire show. She gained experience as a showbiz expert on LK Today, MTV and Five before being offered her own show, Scotland’s primetime car programme Drivetime. Martel also presents a Saturday one-woman morning show on Talk 107, which has curbed her Friday-night partying. She’s in great demand for talking heads shows for her showbiz knowledge and great sense of humour.

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SCANDALOUS (Penguin / Michael Joseph, 2010)

Meet Max and Lucy Summers – half-sisters and the best of friends.

Max is a gorgeous showbiz reporter whose life is a whirlwind of celebrity parties, glamorous bars, juicy gossip and gorgeous men. Lucy, a beautiful, elegant fashion writer, has always been the sensible one, taking care of her little sister and never seeking the limelight. But that all changes when she falls for Hartley, Britain’s sexiest royal bachelor, and her lovelife is suddenly splashed across the front pages of the tabloids. And when Hartley’s ex-girlfriend starts scheming to get her man back, Lucy realizes that she’s up against more than just the paparazzi…

Meanwhile Max, tired of the non-stop partying that her job entails, has finally met the perfect man but when she finds out who he really is, she realizes that they can’t be together. Can Max walk away from the love of her life? And will Lucy play the fame game in order to keep hers?


  • UK & Commonwealth: Michael Joseph / Penguin