Peter Martell is a British writer. He grew up on a sheep farm in Northumberland, and began working as a reporter in Scotland.
In 2005, he worked as stringer from Zimbabwe, later crossing the continent and sailing the Red Sea before living in Yemen. He was the correspondent for the French news agency AFP based in Eritrea, then ranked worst in the world for press freedom and from where he was expelled, before spending three years in Sudan and South Sudan for the BBC. He has reported for AFP from over a dozen countries, including being based in Nairobi running the East Africa bureau, in Lagos for West Africa, and in Cyprus covering North Africa and the Middle East. He lives in New Delhi, where he is AFP's deputy bureau chief and news editor for South Asia.
His first book, First Raise a Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War but Lost the Peace, was named a Book of the Year by The Economist and The Spectator. His second book, Flowers for Elephants: How a Conservation Movement in Kenya Offers Lessons For Us All, was called "fascinating and timely" by Jane Goodall.
To his continuing surprise, he won a Guiness World Record for playing the highest game of cricket on top of Kilimanjaro.
Cricket on KIlimanjaro. Peter Martell/AFP. September 2014.
Shortlisted for the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year, and Sports Illustrated 'Wackiest Sports Photos'.