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Simon Maginn

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in Wallasey, The United Kingdom




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I am a novelist living and working in Brighton, UK, in a haunted palace by the sea. I write horror/psychological thrillers as Simon Maginn: Sheep (filmed as The Dark), is available as an ebook now. Other titles include Virgins and Martyrs, A Sickness of the Soul, Methods of Confinement, and Rattus (novella).

By night, I become Simon Nolan, who writes satirical, drug-fuelled comedies: As Good as it Gets, The Vending Machine of Justice, Whitehawk.

I play the piano incessantly, and I paint in an uncontrolled and, frankly, disgusting way. I'd love it if you visited my website,, but please don't feel you have to. I know you're busy.


If someone held a gun to my head and said, ‘Tell me your favourite book, ever, now!’ (which, so far, happily, no one has, nor is it easy to imagine why they might, but still, best to be prepared, eh?), I would, without any thought or deliberation, say Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake. A trilogy, the three novels appeared over a thirteen year period, from 1946 - 1959, and were immediately hailed as a ma Read more of this blog post »
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Published on January 08, 2010 15:14 Tags: gormenghast, mervyn, novel, peake
Average rating: 3.61 · 201 ratings · 21 reviews · 5 distinct worksSimilar authors

3.60 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 1994 — 6 editions
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Virgins and Martyrs

3.53 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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Sickness Of The Soul

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Methods of Confinement

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Feral Companions

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Jon Ronson has the most lovely written style. He is one of just a handful of writers I am aware of who knows how to be sly. He achieves his considerable results by underplaying, understating, and refusing always the easy option of mockery or condemna ...more
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Magisterial. In person, Richard Dawkins can seem defensive, arrogant: chippy. Hardly surprising, considering that he is a dignified and serious scientist who has had to spend years combating preposterous and impudent attacks. But his books are meticu ...more
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