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Alex Marchant

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Born and raised in the rolling Surrey downs, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing in London and Gloucester, I now live surrounded by moors in King Richard III’s northern heartland, working as a freelance copyeditor, proofreader and, more recently, independent author of books for children aged 10+.
My first novel, Time out of Time (due out 2019), won the 2012 Chapter One Children’s Book Award, and my second was put on the backburner in 2013 at the announcement of the discovery of King Richard’s grave in a car park in Leicester. As a Ricardian since my teens, that momentous announcement prompted me to write about the real Richard III for older children (there being no such book available), and so The Order of the White B
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Alex Marchant 'The King's Man' was actually written straight after 'The Order of the White Boar' - in fact, originally they were planned as a single book, which…more'The King's Man' was actually written straight after 'The Order of the White Boar' - in fact, originally they were planned as a single book, which proved to be far too long for the intended readership - around 130,000 words rather than the usual 60,000 to 80,000 for ages 10+! They were sparked by the 2013 press conference announcing that King Richard III's grave had, beyond reasonable doubt, been discovered. Recognizing a unique opportunity to encourage the reassessment of this much-maligned king, I realized that my most effective contribution to that effort, as a writer of children's books, would be to tell a story of his life drawing on the original sources rather than the lies that had built up over the centuries after his death. To my surprise, as far as I could tell, this had never been done for children.(less)
Alex Marchant To be honest that's not something I suffer from (yet!) What's more of a problem for me is finding the opportunity to write among all the other demands…moreTo be honest that's not something I suffer from (yet!) What's more of a problem for me is finding the opportunity to write among all the other demands on my time. Although self-employed in terms of the 'day job', my general lack of organization means that activities expand to fill the time (not)available - add into that the need to market and promote my existing books, and it doesn't leave much time for what I love most - the actual writing. I find train journeys and holidays by far the best times to write - I can turn off the internet, not think about domestic chores and lose myself in the fifteenth century.(less)
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A stunningly evocative retelling of classic Greek legends - it's almost possible to touch, smell and taste everything that Renault describes. Read among the fertile hills of Turkey, buzzing with the same insects, glowing with the same sunshine.
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