Philip Marsden


Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, history and fiction, including The Bronski House, The Levelling Sea and, most recently, Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Languages translated into

Awards: Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year and Somerset Maugham Award

Books of the Year picks: Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and The Scotsman


The best non-fiction, I believe, shares many techniques and skills with fiction. Not that you make things up, it’s just that telling stories is telling stories and the devices of pace, suspense, scene-setting and building character apply to each.

Philip’s books

Philip's Courses