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Graham has spent his whole career in children's publishing, firstly as a designer and Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and author. His first published work was a book of poetry, Seeing is Touching (Taurus Press), which came out while he was studying Information Graphics at Harrow School of Art. For some reason, he didn't see this as a sign of things to come and didn't write anything else for years.

Graham has worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts (which was his storytelling apprenticeship), done an eight year stint as a copywriter in an advertising agency (where they pay you more for writing less) and was the Children's Editor for Publishing News until it's closure in 2008. He has also written a number of TV and film-related books, for characters such as SpiderMan, Wallace and Gromit, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Judge Dredd.

Bloomsbury have published his critically acclaimed YA fiction, including Radio Radio, How It Works - South Lanarkshire Book Award winner, 2005 - Zoo, Tokyo - Catalan Young Adult Fiction Award , 2009 - and Omega Place.

Usborne publish his thrillers for the 8-12 age range, including Snatched!, Kaï-ro, I Spy: The Constantinople Caper and its sequel Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper.

Meanwhile Catnip have republished new and revised editions of the books he wrote in the mid-90s: Strange Hiding Place, Faultline, Takedown (previously titled Skitzo) and Playing with Phyre (previously titled Haden's Quest).

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'Graham Marks just gets better and better with every book he writes.' --Melvin Burgess

'a novel to be devoured in one sitting.' --Garth Nix on Graham Mark's Kai-ro

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Graham Marks worked as a graphic designer, before becoming a full-time children's author. As well as being the former Children's Editor of Publishing News, Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie-ins to many critically-acclaimed novels for children and young adults. He lives with his wife, fellow writer Nadia Marks, his two sons, and a cat called Boots. Author location: London

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