Andrew Marr - Author

About the Author

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC’s Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. Andrew lives in London with his family.

Featured books by Andrew Marr

Children of the Master

Children of the Master

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

ONE DOOMED PRIME MINISTER. TWO WOULD-BE SUCCESSORS. BUT WHO'S PULLING THE STRINGS? The Labour Party has unexpectedly won a narrow majority in the 2018 general election. But the new government is weak and divided, its unpopular leader embattled in the House of Commons. A group of eminent figures from the party's past see an opportunity to re-establish their grip over its future by replacing the prime minister with a figurehead they can manipulate to their own ends. But who will they choose? Two possible candidates emerge from the recent intake of MPs: David Petrie, a self-made Scot with a working-class background and a troubled personal history; and Caroline Phillips, a high-flying Londoner whose complicated private life could be either her greatest handicap, or her greatest asset.

Head of State

Head of State

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

The first novel from Britain's most celebrated political commentator is a gleefully twisted take on what goes on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. It's September 2017, and the United Kingdom is on the verge of a crucial referendum that will determine, once and for all, if the country remains a member of the European Union, or goes its own way. The stakes could not possibly be higher, and the outcome is delicately balanced. But, unsuspected by the electorate, and unknown to all but a handful of members of the Prime Minister's innermost circle, there is a shocking secret at the very heart of government that, were it to become known, would change everything in an instant. A group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing - including murder - to prevent that from happening. Andrew Marr's first novel is a darkly comic tale of deception and skulduggery in Downing Street and Whitehall. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has created a sparkling entertainment, a wholly original depiction of Westminster and its denizens, and a fascinating, irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.

Other books by Andrew Marr

A Short Book About Painting

A Short Book About Painting

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

In A Short Book About Painting, writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr tackles the subjects of inspiration, creativity, politics, beauty and form. How does the artist make good work? What constitutes good ? How important is technique - and the imagination? Following a serious stroke in 2013 that left him partially paralysed, Marr struggled with the physical rigours of painting using oils. This led to his wrestling with some of the very fundamental questions about painting as an art form in itself - and to interrogate himself daily about brushstrokes, colour balance, line and texture. Using his own work in progress as examples of failures, and examples of techniques from classical artists right up to the present day, Marr examines how the painter can improve and learn from his or her mistakes. Marr's provocative, political and instructive book is not just an essential resource for all amateur painters, it is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the creative process and the limits of human artistic achievement.

Tales From the Blast Factory

Tales From the Blast Factory

Author: Andrew Marr, Adam Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Andrew Marr, a former Green Beret with multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, fought in the war incurring dozens of traumatic brain injuries that really began off the battlefield. It about destroyed him and his family, and almost cost him his life. Marr's triumph in seeking answers and treatment outside a military medical establishment that repeatedly failed him began and ended with the kind of initiative, journey, defiance of convention, and solutions found in Tales From the Blast Factory. With thousands of veterans and other TBI sufferers wallowing in the wake of inadequate treatment, the TBI nation is primed to learn the science behind this very specific kind of healing and why conventional protocols fail.

A History of Modern Britain

A History of Modern Britain

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2017

A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted. Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge - first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.

We British The Poetry of a People

We British The Poetry of a People

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/2016

`This book includes some of the greatest of our poetry. I hope that it adds up to a new way of thinking about who we have been, and who we are now.' We British is much more than an anthology. This is a veritable history of Britain, told through the verse of its greatest poets. With the entertaining and enlightening Andrew Marr as our guide, we travel from Saxon settlements to medieval courts, from Shakespeare's Globe to the battlefields of the Somme, ending up here in the present day. On the way we will meet Middle English ploughmen, Tudor drunks, Scottish farmers, West Country priests, a Warwickshire actor, and many more bards and balladeers from across the British Isles, each adding their own distinct voice to the chorus. From Caedmon to Zephaniah, the poets we meet will paint a powerful portrait of what it means to be British.

Children of the Master

Children of the Master

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

MARR IS BACK... AND BETTER THAN EVER The Prime Minister's days are numbered. The Master, a shadowy figure from his party's past, plans to replace him with someone he can manipulate to his own ends. But who will he choose? Two candidates stand out: David Petrie, a handsome, self-made Scot with a troubled personal history; and Caroline Phillips, a high-flying Londoner whose unconventional private life could make or break her. Against a backdrop of intrigue and betrayal at Westminster, these two must play the Master at his own game if they are to seize the greatest political prize of all.

My Trade

My Trade

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

How do you decide what is a 'story' and what isn't? What does a newspaper editor actually do all day? How do hacks get their scoops? How do the TV stations choose their news bulletins? How do you persuade people to say those awful, embarrassing things? Who earns what? How do journalists manage to look in the mirror after the way they sometimes behave? The purpose of this insider's account is to provide an answer to all these questions and more. My Trade, Andrew Marr's brilliant, and brilliantly funny, book is a guide to those of us who read newspapers, or who listen to and watch news bulletins but want to know more. Andrew Marr tells the story of modern journalism through his own experience. This is an extremely readable and utterly unique modern social history of British journalism, with all its odd glamour, smashed hopes and future possibility.

Der Premierminister

Der Premierminister

Author: Andrew Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2015

Andrew Marr lockt mit seiner BBC-Sendung - die ANDREW MARR SHOW - am Sonntagmorgen Millionen vor den Fernseher. Regelmaig liefert er als einer der angesehensten Politikjournalisten Englands Gesprachsstoff fur die ganze Woche. Jetzt legt er mit "e;Der Premierminister"e; eine scharfe Satire auf den Politzirkus vor. Wenige Tage bevor die Englander uber den Austritt aus der EU entscheiden sollen, ist das Land gespalten: Das Lager des Premierministers ist fur einen Verbleib in der EU, die Opposition fur den Austritt. Als der Premierminister nur wenige Tage vor der Abstimmung an einem Schlaganfall stirbt, beschlieen seine engsten Berater, seinen Tod bis zum Referendum zu verheimlichen, um den Sieg bei der Abstimmung nicht zu gefahrden. Mit von der Vertuschungspartie: ein Trupp hochqualifizierter Polen und vertrauenswurdige Geheimnistrager mit der Kernkompetenz uble Nachrede.

Children of the Master

Children of the Master

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

ONE DOOMED PRIME MINISTER. TWO WOULD-BE SUCCESSORS. BUT WHO'S PULLING THE STRINGS? The Labour Party has unexpectedly won a narrow majority in the 2018 general election. But the new government is weak and divided, its unpopular leader embattled in the House of Commons. A group of eminent figures from the party's past see an opportunity to re-establish their grip over its future by replacing the prime minister with a figurehead they can manipulate to their own ends. But who will they choose? Two possible candidates emerge from the recent intake of MPs: David Petrie, a self-made Scot with a working-class background and a troubled personal history; and Caroline Phillips, a high-flying Londoner whose complicated private life could be either her greatest handicap, or her greatest asset.

Children of the Master

Children of the Master

Author: Andrew Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2015

ONE DOOMED PRIME MINISTER.TWO WOULD-BE SUCCESSORS.BUT WHO'S PULLING THE STRINGS?The second novel from Britain's foremost political commentator is a thrillingly intimate look at the inner workings of Whitehall, and who really controls party politics.The Labour Party has unexpectedly won a narrow majority in the 2018 general election. But the new government is weak and divided, its unpopular leader embattled in the House of Commons. A group of eminent figures from the party's past see an opportunity to re-establish their grip over its future by replacing the prime minister with a figurehead they can manipulate to their own ends. But who will they choose?Two possible candidates emerge from the recent intake of MPs: David Petrie, a self-made Scot with a working-class background and a troubled personal history; and Caroline Phillips, a high-flying Londoner whose complicated private life could be either her greatest handicap, or her greatest asset.Against a backdrop of intrigue and betrayal at the Palace of Westminster, both must struggle with the sacrifices and compromises they will have to make if they are to seize the greatest political prize of all.In his second novel, Andrew Marr draws on his unrivalled inside knowledge of British politics to expose the foibles, duplicities and absurdities of those we elect to govern us.

Head of State The Bestselling Brexit Thriller

Head of State The Bestselling Brexit Thriller

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2015

Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr's debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body - minus its head and hands - is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest. There appears to be no connection between the two dead men. But, unsuspected by the electorate, there is a shocking and dangerous secret at the very heart of government. While the United Kingdom approaches a crucial and delicately-balanced referendum on Europe, a group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing - including murder - to prevent the truth from getting out. Andrew Marr's first novel is a gleefully twisted spin through the corridors of power. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has threaded his wickedly clever thriller with a distinctive strand of pitch-black humour, to offer an irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.

Forest of Windellynn

Forest of Windellynn

Author: Andrew Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2014

Gwion Williams is playing a scrub baseball game with his friends after school when his friend, Kerry, disappears while chasing a long fly ball. Soon after, a strange boy, strangely dressed, appears and offers to help Gwion find his missing friend. Gwion soon learns that his friend has been kidnaped by elves to steal his soul. Before long, his friend Margot and sister Gwen are also taken. To rescue them, Gwion must risk a journey into the elves' forest which they have created out of cyberspace. Along the way, Gwion finds that he has much to learn about what it means to have a soul. An exciting and thoughtful read for both young and older readers.

Head of State: The Bestselling Brexit Thriller

Head of State: The Bestselling Brexit Thriller

Author: Andrew Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2014

Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr's debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street.When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body - minus its head and hands - is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest.There appears to be no connection between the two dead men. But, unsuspected by the electorate, there is a shocking and dangerous secret at the very heart of government. While the United Kingdom approaches a crucial and delicately-balanced referendum on Europe, a group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing - including murder - to prevent the truth from getting out.Andrew Marr's first novel is a gleefully twisted spin through the corridors of power. Making full use of his unrivalled inside knowledge of the British political scene, Marr has threaded his wickedly clever thriller with a distinctive strand of pitch-black humour, to offer an irreverent glimpse behind the parliamentary curtain.

A Short Book about Drawing

A Short Book about Drawing

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Like millions of others, Andrew Marr draws. He hasn't had lessons, yet since childhood, the journalist and TV presenter has been at his happiest with a pen or brush in his hand. One way or another he draws most days, even if it's just a doodle on the edge of a newspaper. But why does he do it? Does it have a point? And in what way, if any, does this activity of his relate to what we think of as 'art'? In this intriguing new book, Andrew Marr explores the subject of drawing and painting through his own experience. He considers the mechanics of the drawing process - the act of making and its importance for a happy life - along with the ways in which good drawing or painting can make us think harder and see the world differently. He also investigates the tensions between drawing as concentrated work and drawing as an expression of freedom or play, and looks at the historical differences between drawing and fine art as well as how drawing fits into today's art world. Written in his signature fresh, engaging and evocative style and illustrated with his own work, A Short Book About Drawing is Andrew Marr's unique take on this absorbing subject.

The Battle for Scotland

The Battle for Scotland

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Andrew Marr's first book tells the distinctive story of Scottish politics -- now updated with a new introductory chapter. 'We may be about to see a new country - indeed, two new countries, - emerging on these islands. Half a lifetime ago, I sat down to write this book as a work of history. As it's aged, it's become current affairs.' Just twenty years ago it seemed impossible that Scotland would ever get home rule, let alone full independence. Yet very soon there will be a Scottish referendum which will not only decide on this matter but which will have profound consequences for the future of all people on these islands. In The Battle for Scotland, first published in 1992, Andrew Marr provides the historical backdrop to these extraordinary events. He attempts to explain the deep sources of Scottish national feeling and the political will which has brought us to this deeply uncertain time. And in a substantial new introduction, Marr considers how we got here so suddenly, what the stakes really are and what the questions every voting Scot (and every non-voting UK citizen) will be asking themselves. Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow. He graduated from Cambridge University and has enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent , the Economist, the Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. Andrew's broadcasting includes series on contemporary thinkers for BBC 2 and Radio 4, political documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC Panorama, and Radio 4's 'Start The Week'.

A History of the World

A History of the World

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today's superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. A History of the World is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For `the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.' Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

History of 20th Century Britain

History of 20th Century Britain

Author: Andrew Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2011

Between the death of Queen Victoria and the turn of the Millennium, Britain has been utterly transformed by an extraordinary century of war and peace. A History of 20th Century Britain collects together for the first time Andrew Marr's two bestselling volumes A History of Modern Britain and The Making of Modern Britain. Together, they tell the story of how the country recovered from the grand wreckage of the British Empire only to stumble into a series of monumental upheavals, from World Wars to Cold Wars and everything in between. In each decade, political leaders thought they knew what they were doing, but found themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turned out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted. This wonderfully entertaining history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with the riotous colour of an extraordinary century: a century of trenches, flappers and Spitfires; of comedy, punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, and the triumph of shopping over idealism.

Creatures We Dream of Knowing Stories of Our Life Together

Creatures We Dream of Knowing Stories of Our Life Together

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/01/2011

Creatures We Dream of Knowing Stories of Our Life Together

Creatures We Dream of Knowing Stories of Our Life Together

Author: Andrew Marr Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/01/2011

History of Modern Britain

History of Modern Britain

Author: Andrew Marr Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2009

A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted. Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge - first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.

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