Welcome to the website of the million copy selling, multiple award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick.

Marcus has written novels for adults and younger people, non-fiction, chapters for academic works, graphic novels, and more. 

There’s a lot on this site; so please have a look around. If you can’t find what you’re after, you can use the search function in the menu above, or get in touch here

Dark Peak

Cover of Dark Peak showing an illustration of Lud's Church, a natural chasm

Marcus’ new book is a novella called Dark Peak.

It’s set in the Peak District of the UK, and the story revolves around a school outing one fiendishly hot summer’s day to the ‘natural cathedral’ known as Lud’s Church.

Two of the children go missing, but things only really become strange when one of them is found again.

A short slice of 1970s hauntological weirdness

More details here.

Dark Peak has been selected as The Sunday Times Book of the Week:

“…so thrilling even the most reluctant readers might find it hard to put down. I certainly couldn’t.”


…this haunting masterpiece. Astounding.”

Gill Ward – Librarian

New! Floodland video for schools...

In the first in a series of videos for schools (or indeed anyone!) to buy, Marcus talks about his book Floodland. Cheaper than a single school visit, with lifetime access, go here to find out details, and watch the opening of the video.

A few screen-grabs to give the flavour..:

“One thing is certain: whatever [Marcus] does next it will be different from the bulk of whatever else is going on in publishing today, and many would say all the better for that.”

Books for Keeps

What's going on..?

Award news: Marcus has been announced as one of the two UK nominations for the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award, along with the wonderful David McKee. More information here. And here.

Writing news: DARK PEAK, Marcus’s first new book for three years, is coming out now. See below or go here for details of this book selected as The Sunday Times Book of the Week.

If you came here to know more about the ALL IN YOUR HEAD project, please click here

Or, you can read the short introduction to the book right here: All In Your Head – introduction 

(and please feel free to quote on social media.)

If you want to stay up to date, be the first to hear about new books and so on, then please sign up to the UNDIAGNOSIS newsletter, discussing writing, health, and life in general. Most months there’s an interview with someone of interest, so do sign up if you haven’t already. 

FINALLY! If you’ve come looking for the free lockdown reading of Floodland by Marcus, go here. Or you can just watch the first part right on this page.

(Teachers! There is a wonderful FREE set of teaching resources for the book available from the excellent people at the CLPE, and it’s available here.)

Help with your writing…

“I’ve joined Arvon’s 1-1 scheme, offering help with your writing via a personal video call. Details are here. I love getting to grips with other people’s texts; the challenges and goals, so if you think I might be able to help, get in touch.”

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