Martin H. Manser was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Eltham College, London. He received a BA Honours degree in linguistics after studying at the Universities of York (England) and Regensburg (Germany) and went on to gain an M Phil degree. Since 1980 he has compiled or edited over 200 reference books in the areas of English language and Bible reference. His titles include the Bloomsbury Good Word Guide, the Chambers Thesaurus, the Oxford Learner’s Pocket Dictionary and the Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary.
He has edited many Bible-reference titles that are designed to help readers get into the Bible, including as Managing Editor of the NIV Thematic Study Bible (Hodders) and Managing Editor of the Anglicised NRSV Cross-reference Bible (OUP), the Collins Dictionary of the Bible, the Collins Bible Companion, three Best Loved titles for Collins (Readings, Prayers, and Carols) I never knew that was in the Bible (Nelson), Christianity for Blockheads (Zondervan), Critical Companion to the Bible (Facts on File), and joint author of Who’s who of the Bible (Lion). He was also the revising editor of the 8-million word Matthew Henry Commentary (Zondervan) and editor of the award-winning Collins Bible Companion and Open Your Bible and the CLC Bible Companion.
He has also written or edited books on writing and business, eg the Penguin Writer’s Manual, the Guide to Good Writing and the Guide to Style (both published by Facts on File), Time Management, Presenting, Mindpower (published by Harper Collins) and Teach Yourself Introducing Management in a Week and Teach Yourself Successful Project Management in a Week (Hodder Education).
Since 2001, he has been a Language Trainer and Consultant with national and international companies and organisations, leading courses on communications and business skills, eg on project management, report writing and running effective meetings.
He and his wife live in Aylesbury, Bucks, England and have a son and a daughter, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.