Marnie Riches

Countdown with ...

Marnie Riches

Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. She swapped those for the spires of Cambridge University, gaining a Masters degree in Modern and Medieval Dutch and German.

She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist and professional fundraiser. In her spare time, she likes to run, renovate houses and paint. Oh, and drinking. She likes a drink. And eating. She likes that too. Especially in exotic destinations.

Marnie wrote the first six books of HarperCollins Children’s Time-Hunters series. Her George McKenzie crime thrillers for adults were inspired, in part, by her own youth and time spent in The Netherlands as a student. Her new Manchester series about the criminal underworld of the city launched in March 2017.


Interviewed 05 August 2017

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Raising millions; making humans; rebuilding old houses; creating new worlds.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

The sofa of my childhood, my garden, my laptop, books, my mother’s Snowman mug, an anorak, a calculator, a brass jug from Iran, a wooden carving from Mexico.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Falafel and salad in pitta with hummus.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Richard Ayoade, Dylan Moran, Brian Cox, Helen Mirren, Germaine Greer, JK Rowling, Carrie Fisher (yes, I know she’s dead, but I’d still have loved to have chewed the fat with her).

Six things you can't live without ...

Antacids, Clarins, rooibos tea, words, colour, music.

Five favourite words ...

Obsequious, turd, discombobulate, c***, fart.

Four places you'd run away to ...

The Maldives, Thailand, the Lakes, the Alps.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Next to Die by Neil White, Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor, The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver

Two things that make you rant ...

Inequality, selfishness.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Trust your own gut instincts, not everyone else’s.