Ian Marchant
















Ian's first novel IN SOUTHERN WATERS was published by  Gollancz (world rights) July ’99. 


His second novel was THE BATTLE FOR DOLE ACRE, UK and Comm rights inc. Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson June 2001.  Translation rights, Marsh Agency.  US: Author.


Ian also writes non-fiction.


PARALLEL LINES:  JOURNEYS ON THE RAILWAY OF DREAMS - Non fiction. This is a new departure and a natural progression for Ian. His fiction teems with character, incident and comic detail, but now he is turning his characteristic eye for observation, humour and surprise to one of the great shared experiences of the British nation.  Parallel Lines tells the story of what Ian calls the two railways of Britain - the real railway and the railway of our dreams, the one we hate and the one we love, from the grandeur of the Victorian heyday, through the romance of Brief Encounter to the modern reality of commuter hell and signals passed at danger.


Bloomsbury 2003, UK & Commonwealth rights.  Translation rights – Marsh Agency.  US: Author.


Ian is also the author of MEN AND MODELS (New Holland)


THE LONGEST CRAWL was Ian’s next project, the non-fiction account of his journey along the longest pub crawl route in Britain - from the Scilly Isles to the Hebrides.  Turning his attention from trains to pubs, Ian will anatomise and expose another British obsession, with the fantastic flair, imagination, wit and analytical prowess that are his hallmarks.  Ian is in negotiations with a major TV production company to make a series following his progress.


Bloomsbury 2006, UK & Commonwealth rights.  Translation rights - Marsh Agency,  US: Author.
Ian's followed this with  SOMETHING OF THE NIGHT (Simon & Schuster 2012), an exploration of the British people's relationship with and experience of the nightime, by way of bingo halls, nightclubs, pubs, working men's clubs, police cells, city centres, bedrooms and bars.

For as long as he can remember, Ian Marchant has been a night owl. When he was a kid, he loved going to bed, because it meant that he would be alone. The night time was a place to read, and play, and dream. Year after year and minute by minute, he stayed awake a little longer each night so that by the time he became a student he jumped at the opportunity to work in an all-night garage and as a rock musician, gigging into the small hours.

The night is still a place of work; with the punters tucked up in bed, the shelves can be stacked, the Tube de-fluffed, and the motorways repaired. Night is also our time of greatest playfulness and freedom, of love and romance. We go to pubs, nightclubs, and all-night drinking dens. Nightingales sing in Berkeley Square. We fall in and out of love.

Equally, the night is the place of our greatest danger - a time of crime, and of transgressive sexuality - and also the time of our greatest fears; of ghosts and ghouls, and vampires, of night terror and night sweats. Monks chant compline in freezing cloisters to keep us safe from the old powers of the dark.

Above all, night is the time of rest and recuperation. We sleep to dream. In dreams, our unconscious is loose, and doing what it will. We need sleep; our biological clocks are reset and our cells regenerate. We are born again, night after night.

In Something of the Night, Ian Marchant offer a night owl's guide to Britain, exploring the funny and fascinating truth of what night means in Britain and what we do in the dark. He visits linen weavers and blanket makers; calls a little bingo, and goes to the dogs. He learns a new skill at evening class, goes ghost hunting with a diocesan exorcist and stands vigil with anti-war demonstrators. In the night, anything could happen.

His new book for Jonathan Cape is A Hero for High Times, a supremely witty but profoundly searching exploration of the death of counter-culture after the heady times of the 60s, 70s and 80s.