Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant is a writer, broadcaster and performer.  He is originally from Newhaven in East Sussex, and now lives with his family in the not-entirely real county of Radnorshire.  Before taking up writing books, he sang in various unimaginably obscure bands, wrote up the results of horse races in betting shops and ran a large second-hand bookshop on the Charling Cross Road.  He currently7 teaches creative writing at Birmingham City University and with the National Academy of Writing.  Something of the Night is his seventh book.

Books by this Author

Who can say what the night might bring? Fireworks and frivolity? A party? Music and dancing? The night is where we have the most fun. Or you could be reading in bed, between clean sheets, before falling into deep restful sleep and sweet dreams. And who knows? The night might bring romance, or love or sex, if you play your cards right. Or the night could be where we work. Millions of people do. If everyone slept all night, Britain would cease to function. Or the night could be indifferent; cold,...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Everyday is lost on which we do not dance.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would like to have met Luther. And I'd say, 'Be careful what you wish for.'

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Nicholas Jenkins, 'A Dance to the Music of Time'.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Gus Poyet

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Bad teeth, apparently


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