"You should write the book you want to write, and do it as well as you can, with as much truth and passion and energy as you can."
Marcus Sedgwick biography and information
Widely regarded as one of the most gifted and prolific children's writers in the UK, Marcus worked in the publishing industry before releasing his first book, the Branford Boase Award winning, Floodland, in 2000.
With his unique brand of gothic intrigue and thrilling suspense, Marcus has become well-known for the dark themes in his young adult fantasy books - it comes as no surprise to learn then that Marcus's favourite book as a teenager was the epic Gormenghast Trilogy!
In 2011, after nearly a decade of writing teen fiction, Marcus revealed his new project, The Raven Mysteries. The series, which follows the hilarious mad-cap world of Edgar, has been a hit with younger readers around the globe and gave Marcus a welcome respite from the darker themes of his earlier work, "After writing a few hard-core Goth books, it was great to let my hair down with these stories!"
Marcus, alongside his brother Julian, has also ventured into the world of the graphic novel, with his William Blake inspired Dark Satanic Mills, which imagines a not so distant future of fanatical religious rule.
In addition to his writing, Marcus is also currently working on a stage adaptation of his bestselling novel, My Swordhand is Singing, and also produces woodcuts and stone carvings.
Book and writing awards
Branford-Boase Award for Best Debut Children's Novel (2000) (Floodland); Booktrust Teenage Prize winner (2007).