Marnie Riches

Children's writer, Novelist
University of Salford, Doctoral School

Marnie Riches is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author, published in several genres. Her first books to appear in print were historical adventures for children, but Marnie’s writing quickly gravitated towards adult crime thrillers. Her bestselling debut in the genre – The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die (HarperCollins, 2015) – won a Dead Good Reader award. It was the first of five books to feature main protagonist, Dr Georgina McKenzie — a criminologist who works with the Dutch police. Set partly in Amsterdam, the Euro-Noir series tackles the issues surrounding transnational trafficking.

Inspired by growing up on a rough Manchester estate in the 1980s, Marnie also writes about Manchester’s notorious criminal underworld. Born Bad (HarperCollins, 2017) earned her the moniker of ‘Martina Cole of the North’ from critics. Her current series – Tightrope (Orion, 2019) and Backlash (Orion, 2020) – showcasing quirky, fallible PI, Bev Saunders, is set in the famous footballer belt of Cheshire. Marnie also pens historical sagas about postwar Manchester under the pseudonym Margaret Campbell (Orion).

With a Masters in Modern and Medieval German and Dutch from Cambridge University, Marnie enjoyed a first career in professional fundraising, working mainly for youth charities. Writing website content, marketing material and funding bids for a decade buffed her copywriting and editorial skills to a gleam. Marnie introduced the Commonword/Puffin/RCW Diversity in Children’s Fiction prize, delivering the children’s writing workshops herself.

When she isn’t championing the written word, Marnie regularly appears on BBC Radio Manchester and enjoys gardening. She lives with her music-obsessed family in the North West.

Marnie Riches
Image credit: Phil Tragen

Fellowships

University of Salford, Doctoral School 2020/21