Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in East Kent in the southeast of England. He now lives in the French Alps.
He is the winner of many prizes, most notably the Michael L. Printz Award for 2014, for his novel MIDWINTERBLOOD. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for REVOLVER in 2011 and THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for America’s most prestigious book prize for writing for young adults. Other notable awards include FLOODLAND, Marcus’ first novel, which won the Branford-Boase Award in 2001, a prize for the best debut novel for children each year, MY SWORDHAND IS SINGING won the Booktrust Teenage Prize for 2007, and LUNATICS AND LUCK won a Blue Peter Book Award in 2011.
His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (six times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). He has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in 2016 and 2017.
Marcus was Writer in Residence at Bath Spa University for three years, reviews for The Guardian newspaper and teaches creative writing at Arvon and Ty Newydd. He is currently working on film and book projects with his brother, Julian, as well as a graphic novel with Thomas Taylor. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards.
He has illustrated some of his books, and has provided wood-engravings for a couple of private press books.