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Richard Morgan - Author

About the Author

Richard Morgan is 39 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Below is a Q & A with this author.

 

Who’s your favourite author?
Haruki Murakami.

What’s the first book you remember reading?
First adult book – Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love.

What's the greatest influence on your writing?
Probably the noir crime tradition. That, coupled with an intense political rage at the way the world is run.

What is your philosophy for life?

As summed up in the Milcho Manchevski movie Dust – "Live your own life – because you die your own death."

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind?
Yep – been scribbling stories since I was about eight or nine. Only took me the best part of the next thirty years to get published!

Who do you most admire and why?
My father – because he's worked hard all his life, often under conditions of crushing adversity, has never once backed away from his obligations and responsibilities, and has still managed to retain an incredible generosity of spirit that I've rarely seen equalled.

What jobs did you have before you started writing?
In my time I've been a rent collector, a furniture mover and a barman, to name but three of the more interesting. Mostly, though, I worked as a globe-trotting English as a Foreign Language teacher, with spells in Istanbul and Madrid.

Tell us about your best or worst holiday experience.
Best so far has to be walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu – I'd wanted to do it ever since I was a kid and my expectations were huge, but it still more than lived up to them. One to remember when you're old.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
As a young man, sidling up to an older woman I thought fancied me, putting a hand on her leg and discovering I had utterly, utterly misread the signals. Cringe!!!! Happened long ago when I was young and inept, but it still makes me blush to recall it nearly two decades later.

What is a typical writing day?
An impossible dream – I seem either to sit around staring into space and writing nothing, or lock on obsessively and spend dawn 'til dusk scrawling without a break. You'd think at my age I'd have learnt a little moderation (and time management), but sadly, no.

What single thing might people be surprised to learn about you?
That my violent tendencies are limited to non-existent.

Featured books by Richard Morgan

Other books by Richard Morgan

Thin Air From the author of Netflix's Altered Carbon

Thin Air From the author of Netflix's Altered Carbon

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work. And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years . . . and it promises to be a publication to remember. An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

Place-Names of Glamorgan

Place-Names of Glamorgan

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2018

What on earth do Blaenegel, Gwauncaegurwen and Mawdlam mean? Is Brynsadler named from someone who made saddles or someone called Sadler? Are there really `high lights' in Highlight, worms at Worms Head and butter at Brynmenyn? Scarcely a week goes by without hearing arguments about how we should spell or say a particular name but finding answers to your questions isn't always easy and what you find in dictionaries, local histories and websites may leave you with lingering doubts. Based on many years of detailed research, Place-Names of Glamorgan investigates the historical evidence and meanings of more than 1,100 place-names in the historic county of Glamorgan, stretching from Rhossili to Rumney and Rhoose to Rhigos. The illustrated volume contains a concise introduction to the subject, a bibliography, a glossary of common place-name elements, and a close examination of individual place-names and their historic forms.

Thin Air From the author of Netflix's Altered Carbon

Thin Air From the author of Netflix's Altered Carbon

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2018

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work. And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years . . . and it promises to be a publication to remember. An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

Thin Air From the author of Netflix's Altered Carbon

Thin Air From the author of Netflix's Altered Carbon

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2018

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work. And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years . . . and it promises to be a publication to remember. An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

Altered Carbon Netflix Altered Carbon book 1

Altered Carbon Netflix Altered Carbon book 1

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2018

Coming to Netflix in 2018, this must-read story is a confident, action-and-violence packed thriller, and future classic noir SF novel from a multi-award-winning author. Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn?t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. For a first-time SF writer to be so surely in command of narrative and technology, so brilliant at world-building, so able to write such readable and enjoyable SF adventure, is simply extraordinary.

The Global Child Poverty Challenge In search of solutions

The Global Child Poverty Challenge In search of solutions

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2016

The Global Child Poverty Challenge In search of solutions

The Global Child Poverty Challenge In search of solutions

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2016

The Dark Defiles

The Dark Defiles

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2015

Compared to Michael Moorcock and Joe Abercrombie alike, Richard Morgan's fast moving and brutal science fantasy reaches its final volume as Ringil comes to his final reckoning and sees the world tipping into another war with the dragon folk. And, most terrifying of all, the prophecy of a dark lord come to rule may be coming true very close to home... THE DARK DEFILES is a supremely fast moving 240,000 word epic. A massive yet tight story that both shines a light on some mysteries from earlier volumes and reveals deeper mysteries yet. We encounter the artifacts of an ancient race, learn the true story of the ghostly Dwenda and follow three old friends as they face their greatest test yet.

Cambridge IGCSE (R) Computer Science Programming Book for Microsoft (R) Visual Basic

Cambridge IGCSE (R) Computer Science Programming Book for Microsoft (R) Visual Basic

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

This programming book accompanies Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science introducing and developing the practical skills that will help readers to develop coding solutions to the tasks contained within. Starting from simple skills to more complex challenges, this book shows how to approach a coding problem using Structure Diagrams and Flow Charts, explains programming logic using pseudocode, and gives full solutions to the programming tasks set.

Help! Ok.

Help! Ok.

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2015

Thiscaptivatingpiece of work unveils the secrets behind the world of psychotherapy from an experienced and enlightened therapist.It is intelligent, credible and quite simply fascinating.Not only is Help! OK. a sound testament to the author's rich and varied background and training, but it's also an intriguing insight into the common sense behind all things therapy.Help! OK. is a treasure trove of anecdotes, case studies and pragmatic contemplations and it's thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Richard Morgan has tapped into so many different ideas and references to form the basis of this book and this is what makes it such a highly reliable read.Help! OK. will appeal to students, academics and professional therapists the world over. The writing has such clarity and the content is so entertaining that the lay reader will glean just as much enjoyment from it as those who are or have been in the profession.

How to Start a Hobby in Graffiti

How to Start a Hobby in Graffiti

Author: Richard Morgan, Sam Enrico Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2015

This publication will provide with valuable information on picking up a hobby in Graffiti. With in-depth information and details, you will not only have a better understanding, but gain valuable knowledge of Graffiti

Complete SF Collection

Complete SF Collection

Author: Richard Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 14/11/2013

Richard Morgan blazed onto the SF scene in 2002 with ALTERED CARBON, which won the Philip K. Dick award and was optioned by Hollywood. He followed this up with two further novels continuing the adventures of Takeshi Kovacs - BROKEN ANGELS and WOKEN FURIES. He also wrote two further standalone SF novels, MARKET FORCES and BLACK MAN (which won the Arthur C. Clarke award).All five of these novels are collected here as the perfect introduction to Richard's work, or a welcome reminder of his power as a writer. Richard has also written two computer games (CRYSIS 2 and SYNDICATE), comics for MARVEL and is currently working on a fantasy trilogy comprising OF THE STEEL REMAINS, THE COLD COMMANDS, THE DARK DEFILES.

The Cold Commands

The Cold Commands

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2012

Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run - from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have. Outlawed and exiled from his ancestral home in the north, Ringil has only one place left to turn - Yhelteth, city heart of the southern Empire, where perhaps he can seek asylum with the kiriath half-breed Archeth Indamaninarmal, former war comrade and now high-up advisor to the Emperor Jhiral Khimran II. But Archeth Indamaninarmal has problems of her own to contend with, as does her house guest, bodyguard and one time steppe nomad Egar the Dragonbane. And far from gaining the respite he is seeks, Ringil will instead find himself implicated in fresh schemes and doubtful allegiances no safer than those he has left behind. Old enemies are stirring, the old order is rotted through and crumbling, and though no-one yet knows it, the city of Yhelteth is about to explode ...

I Am Sea Glass A Collection of Poetic Pieces

I Am Sea Glass A Collection of Poetic Pieces

Author: Richard Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2011