Marina Benjamin is the editor of two anthologies of writing about women’s relationship to science and the author of three books. Living at the End of the World (1998) is a study of the mass psychology of millenarianism. Rocket Dreams is an offbeat elegy to the end of the space age. Pat Kane in the Independent called it ‘pleasingly garrulous’, while Lynne Truss in the Sunday Times said it left her ‘jelly-legged’. It was also shortlisted for the Eugene Emme literature award in the USA. Her most recent book Last Days in Babylon is a blend of memoir, political commentary and travelogue that explores her family’s relationship as Jews to their native city of Baghdad. Ian Thomson in the Sunday Times called the book ‘a marvel’.
Marina has worked as a journalist for many years. She was arts editor of the New Statesman from 1994 to 1996 and deputy arts editor of the London Evening Standard from 1998 to 1999. She has written freelance pieces for many newspapers and magazines, and has been a columnist for Scotland on Sunday. She has also taught life-writing for the Arvon Foundation and for Spread the Word, and worked on literacy projects with secondary-school children via Creative Partnerships. In 2000 Marina moved to San Francisco, but she returned two years later and now lives in London with her husband and daughter.