Marianne Kavanagh

Novelist, Non-fiction writer
Goldsmiths, University of London

Marianne Kavanagh is an author and journalist. Her first two novels were translated into eight languages and sold all over the world. Her third and fourth novels are published by Hodder & Stoughton: Should You Ask Me is set in 1944, just before D-Day, and looks back to a horrific crime in the 1870s, and Disturbance is a contemporary psychological drama about a woman driven to the edge by rejection and betrayal.

As a journalist, Marianne started out on Woman magazine, became chief sub of the Tatler and the Telegraph Saturday magazine, and joined Marie Claire as deputy editor, overseeing both production and features. She has always been passionate about protecting each writer’s individual voice, believing that the best magazines have pace and depth because of their contributors’ different styles. After Marie Claire, she went freelance, writing features for national magazines, newspapers and websites – everything from the Guardian to Good Housekeeping – and editing nonfiction books and articles for charities and small businesses.

An English graduate from Newnham College, Cambridge, Marianne has taken on various voluntary roles in education, including working as a school governor, teaching martial arts, and leading a successful grassroots campaign for a new state-secondary school. She recently set up South East London Authors, an informal association of local novelists who support each other and help new writers. She has three grown-up children – a financial journalist, a stand-up comedian and a textiles designer – and lives in south-east London with her husband Matt and two very annoying cats.

Marianne Kavanagh
Image credit: Marzena Pogorzaly

Fellowships

Goldsmiths, University of London 2020/21