Marcia Williams - Author

About the Author

Marcia Williams' mother was a writer and her father was a playwright and theatre director. She spent the early part of her life in Canton, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the Middle East with her mother and diplomat stepfather. She loved books from an early age and remembers being read to almost every night; "I would often be scared, especially by fairy tales, but I never wanted the stories to end." She went to boarding school in Sussex, from where she sent weekly illustrated letters to her parents overseas.

Marcia didn't receive any formal art training. She calls herself "an obsessive illustrator. I've just always done it. I never consciously thought: that's what I want to do." She had a number of jobs, including nursery teacher, which is when she developed her taste for story-telling to young children; "I learnt what they found accessible and what they enjoyed." Giving up teaching to paint, she studied watercolour at Richmond College and held some successful local exhibitions before a friend suggested that she took her work to show Walker Books.

Marcia lives in London and has two grown-up children and three grandchildren, one extra-large dog and a cat.

Featured books by Marcia Williams

Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style.

Other books by Marcia Williams

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2019

A selection of well-loved tales from Chaucer's literary masterpiece retold in humorous comic-strip style. Travel back to Medieval England and join Chaucer and his band of Canterbury pilgrims in this wonderful introduction to one of Britain's greatest literary legacies. These nine well-loved tales, from a host of colourful characters - the Knight, the Miller, the Reeve, the Wife of Bath, the Summoner, the Clerk, the Franklin, the Pardoner and the Nun's Priest - are brought to life with Marcia Williams' trademark witty, comic-strip art, allowing this classic text to be enjoyed by all ages.

Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories

Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2019

A selection of the works of one of the world's greatest writers, retold in accessible comic-strip style. Charles Dickens is not only the author of some of the best-loved stories in the English language, but also the creator of some of its most memorable characters. Meet them all between the pages of this splendid book, which retells, in lively comic-strip style, five of Dickens's most popular stories: Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol.

Theseus and the Minotaur and Arachne versus Athene

Theseus and the Minotaur and Arachne versus Athene

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The ancient Greek myths as you've never read them before! The classic stories of Theseus and the Minotaur and Arachne versus Athene are re-told here in master storyteller, Marcia Williams' inimitable comic style. These splendid adaptations have easy-to-read, accessible text and brilliantly witty illustrations, making them a perfect introduction to the classic legends of adventure and endeavour! Ideal for newly-confident readers - the classics have never looked so good!

Daedalus and Icarus and Orpheus and Eurydice

Daedalus and Icarus and Orpheus and Eurydice

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The ancient Greek myths as you've never read them before! The classic stories of Daedalus and Icarus and Orpheus and Eurydice are re-told here in master storyteller, Marcia Williams' inimitable comic style. These splendid adaptations have easy-to-read, accessible text and brilliantly witty illustrations, making them a perfect introduction to the classic legends of adventure and endeavour! Ideal for newly-confident readers - the classics have never looked so good!

The Twelve Tasks of Heracles and Arion and the Dolphins

The Twelve Tasks of Heracles and Arion and the Dolphins

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The ancient Greek myths as you've never read them before! The classic stories of The Twelve Tasks of Heracles and Arion and the Dolphins are re-told here in master storyteller, Marcia Williams' inimitable comic style. These splendid adaptations have easy-to-read, accessible text and brilliantly witty illustrations, making them a perfect introduction to the classic legends of adventure and endeavour! Ideal for newly-confident readers - the classics have never looked so good!

Pandora's Box and Perseus and the Gorgon's Head

Pandora's Box and Perseus and the Gorgon's Head

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The ancient Greek myths as you've never read them before! The classic stories of Pandora's Box and Perseus and the Gorgon's Head are re-told here in master storyteller, Marcia Williams' inimitable comic style. These splendid adaptations have easy-to-read, accessible text and brilliantly witty illustrations, making them a perfect introduction to the classic legends of adventure and endeavour! Ideal for newly-confident readers - the classics have never looked so good!

The Stone Age Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

The Stone Age Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2017

Marcia Williams brings the Stone Age to life in her much-loved comic strip style. Join Marcia Williams on a journey to the Stone Age. Meet the people of Clan Woolly as they hunt mammoths and reindeer, learn how to make fire, invent stone tools and turn wild wolves into tame dogs! Full of facts, jokes and colourful comic strips, this is the perfect introduction to the Stone Age - a time before history was even invented!

The Stone Age Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

The Stone Age Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2016

Marcia Williams brings the Stone Age to life in her much-loved comic strip style. Join Marcia Williams on a journey to the Stone Age. Meet the people of Clan Woolly as they hunt mammoths and reindeer, learn how to make fire, invent stone tools and turn wild wolves into tame dogs! Full of facts, jokes and colourful comic strips, this is the perfect introduction to the Stone Age - a time before history was even invented!

The Tudors Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

The Tudors Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Marcia Williams brings the Tudor kings and queens to life in her trademark comic strip style. Join much-loved author/illustrator Marcia Williams on a comic strip journey through Tudor history! A witty, accessible introduction to the Tudors, with full-colour illustrations throughout, from the author of Mr William Shakespeare's Plays and The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice. Arthur Inkblott, Queen Elizabeth I's favourite scribe, retells the most famous moments in Tudor history, from the Wars of the Roses and the Spanish Armada to Christopher Columbus's discovery of America and Henry VIII's many marriages! Packed with jokes and colourful comic-strip illustrations, this is Marcia Williams at her very best.

Hooray for Mr William Shakespeare! A Sticker Activity Book

Hooray for Mr William Shakespeare! A Sticker Activity Book

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2016

A brilliantly original and creative sticker activity book from master storyteller Marcia Williams, celebrating Mr William Shakespeare and five of his best-loved plays. Explore five of Mr William Shakespeare's best-loved plays with this brilliantly original sticker activity book from bestselling author/ illustrator Marcia Williams. Featuring activities inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest. Help Macbeth find his way home from battle, transform Bottom into an ass using a sticker, and add the actors to the stage of the Globe Playhouse ready for a performance of Romeo and Juliet! A fun-packed, interactive interactive introduction to Shakespeare, with words earches, mazes, drawing, colouring and over a hundred stickers!

Encore, Mr William Shakespeare! A Sticker Activity Book

Encore, Mr William Shakespeare! A Sticker Activity Book

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2016

A brilliantly original and creative sticker activity book from master storyteller Marcia Williams, celebrating Mr William Shakespeare and five of his best-loved plays. Explore five of Mr William Shakespeare's best-loved plays with this brilliantly original sticker activity book from bestselling author/illustrator Marcia Williams. Featuring activities inspired by The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra and Twelfth Night. Use your stickers to help Portia disguise herself as a lawyer to save the merchant of Venice, put Richard III on the battlefield ready for his final battle, and learn to translate hieroglyphics to find out what Cleopatra is saying to Antony! A fun-packed, interactive interactive introduction to Shakespeare, with word searches, mazes, drawing, colouring and over a hundred stickers!

The Tudors Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

The Tudors Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

Marcia Williams brings the Tudor kings and queens to life in her trademark comic strip style. Join much-loved author/illustrator Marcia Williams on a comic strip journey through Tudor history! A witty, accessible introduction to the Tudors, with full-colour illustrations throughout, from the author of Mr William Shakespeare's Plays and The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice. Arthur Inkblott, Queen Elizabeth I's favourite scribe, retells the most famous moments in Tudor history, from the Wars of the Roses and the Spanish Armada to Christopher Columbus's discovery of America and Henry VIII's many marriages! Packed with jokes and colourful comic-strip illustrations, this is Marcia Williams at her very best.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2015

A beautifully illustrated retelling of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. A wonderful introduction to Victor Hugo's epic tale of injustice, love and heroism in 19th century France. Marcia Williams retells one of the greatest novels of all time in her trademark accessible, highly illustrated style. Perfect for children who love the musical or Oscar-winning film, the story follows Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, as he tries to put his criminal past behind him. Will he manage to escape from the ruthless Police Inspector Javert, who is determined to see him behind bars again? Can he build a life with Cosette, an orphaned girl he has rescued from poverty and neglect? When Cosette grows up and falls in love with the handsome Marius Pontmercy, will Jean Valjean let Cosette go? Or will the revolution that is sweeping through the streets of Paris tear all their lives apart?

My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright

My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A fascinating diary account of the Second World War, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Flossie is just nine years old when, in 1939, Britain declares war on Germany and her father leaves the family home to join the army. Flossie is left to bring up her baby brother and to face a whole host of new experiences on her own. Her diary becomes an outlet for relaying all the news from at home and abroad. From the first evacuees arriving to her sweetheart's being killed in Normandy in 1944, Flossie has to endure much hardship. But her own special blend of courage, humour and fighting spirit sees her through to the Armistice, when she can welcome her dad home at last.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

An accessible, illustrated retelling of Shakespeare's famous tragedy by master storyteller Marcia Williams. The perfect introduction to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for children, written and illustrated by master storyteller Marcia Williams and featuring Shakespeare's own dialogue. When Romeo falls in love with his enemies' daughter, Juliet, he hopes their love can stop the feuding between their families. But soon their lives are in danger, and they must risk everything to be together...

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

An accessible, illustrated retelling of Shakespeare's epic tragedy by master storyteller Marcia Williams. The perfect introduction to Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth for children, written and illustrated by master storyteller Marcia Williams. Macbeth seems to have everything - success on the battlefield, a happy marriage, and the respect of the King. But soon he wants even more. When three witches predict that he'll be King one day, he'll go to any lengths to get it ... even murder. This accessible retelling is faithful to the play and features Shakespeare's own dialogue.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Marcia Williams retells one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style perfect for younger children. Marcia Williams retells one of Shakespeare's most famous plays in this adaptation for younger children. With witty illustrations, accessible language and dialogue from the original manuscript, this is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for those encountering his work for the first time. Whether you're about to watch, study or perform The Tempest, or are just in need of a wonderful story, Marcia Williams brings William Shakespeare to life. Discover the enchantments of Prospero and his supernatural servant Ariel, follow his daughter Miranda as she falls in love for the first time, and read spellbound as you discover the treachery of his brother. A tale of forgiveness and generosity ... such stuff as dreams are made on!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Marcia Williams retells one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style perfect for younger children. Marcia Williams retells one of Shakespeare's most loved plays in this adaptation for younger children. With witty illustrations, accessible language and dialogue from the original manuscript, this is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for those encountering his work for the first time. Whether you're about to watch, study or perform A Midsummer Night's Dream, or are just in need of a wonderful story, Marcia Williams brings William Shakespeare to life. Discover the magical exploits of the fairies, follow four young lovers as they venture into a forest, and laugh at the mishaps of Bottom and his acting troupe. The course of true love never did run smooth!

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

One of the world's greatest writers is introduced to a new audience through this accessible retelling with lively illustrations. Marcia Williams first introduced a generation of children to the works of Charles Dickens through her masterful comic-strip retellings in Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories, with lifetime sales of over 125,000 copies. Now, she brings Dickens' beloved characters to a fresh audience with a new series of short novels. Meet Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and the Ghosts of Christmas in this splendidly accessible adaptation of A Christmas Carol, illustrated throughout in Marcia's lively style.

Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style.

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

One of the world's greatest writers is introduced to a new audience through this accessible retelling with lively illustrations. Marcia Williams first introduced a generation of children to the works of Charles Dickens through her masterful comic-strip retellings in Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories, with lifetime sales of over 125,000 copies. Now, she brings Dickens' beloved characters to a fresh audience with a new series of short novels. Meet David, Agnes, Betsey and Mr Dick in this splendidly accessible adaptation of David Copperfield, illustrated throughout in Marcia's lively style.

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

With her signature comic-strip style, Marcia WIlliams takes us behind the scenes at some of ancient Rome's most famous moments. Meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He'll take you on a tour of Rome's most famous moments and most colourful characters - from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome's best-known emperors (good and not so good). Vibrant, engaging, and packed with Marcia Williams's trademark warmth and humour, this graphic storybook is a young reader's ideal introduction to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

With her signature comic-strip style, Marcia Williams takes us behind the scenes at some of ancient Rome's most famous moments. Meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He'll take you on a tour of Rome's most famous moments and most colourful characters - from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome's best-known emperors (good and not so good). Vibrant, engaging, and packed with Marcia Williams's trademark warmth and humour, this graphic storybook is a young reader's ideal introduction to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

A treasure trove of Indian animal stories for children to enjoy again and again. These eight individual stories form a magical collection of India's best-loved animal folk tales. Taken from the three books of Indian folk tales - Hitopadesha Tales, Jataka Tales and Panchantra Tales - the stories are beautifully illustrated and packed with humour and warmth.

The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2012

A treasure trove of Indian animal stories for children to enjoy again and again. These eight individual stories form a magical collection of India's best-loved animal folk tales. Taken from the three books of Indian folk tales - Hitopadesha Tales, Jataka Tales and Panchantra Tales - the stories are beautifully illustrated and packed with humour and warmth.

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Nine stories of Ancient Egypt, wittily retold in comic-strip style. Full of mystery and adventure, the stories of the Egyptian pharaohs and their ancient gods are steeped in thousands of years of history. From the creation myth to the curse of Tutankhamen and the fall of Cleopatra, Marcia Williams' classic comic strip retellings bring new life to the myths and wonders of this ancient civilization.

Noah's Ark and Other Bible Stories

Noah's Ark and Other Bible Stories

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Eleven favourite tales from the Old Testament brought to life in Marcia Williams' vivid comic-strip style. In the beginning there was only God ... then he started creating! The last and most troublesome of all his creations were men and women. God was forever having to give them a helping hand, as these brilliant stories reveal. Read all about the adventures of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Noah and his ark, Joseph and his fabulous robe, David and Goliath, and many more.

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

A comic-strip re-telling of some of Britain's best-loved Arthurian stories and legends. Aided by the magician Merlin, Arthur draws the sword from the stone to become King of Britain, and Lord of the Knights of the Round Table. Read of their valiant deeds as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and other heroic knights rescue maidens, defend Excalibur and search for the Grail.

Mr William Shakespeare's Plays

Mr William Shakespeare's Plays

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Seven classic Shakespeare plays presented in an accessible comic strip format. Take your place in the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare's day to see seven of his best-loved plays in performance. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest are all brought vividly to life in Marcia Williams' gloriously accessible comic-strip versions, which include the bard's own dialogue and the rowdy remarks of the audience.

Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!

Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Seven classic Shakespeare plays presented in an accessible comic strip format. The Globe Theatre is delighted to announce a new season of Mr. William Shakespeare's plays! Prithee take your place once more for a performance of seven of the Bard's finest tales. See As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing - each brilliantly presented in dramatic comic-strip form, including Mr Shakespeare's own dialogue and the riotous remarks of the audience. Bravo!

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

A comic-strip retelling of eleven of the best-loved stories about Robin Hood - the greatest hero of them all! Told in lively comic-strip style, this book relates eleven colourful action-packed tales about Robin and his merry men. Read how Robin becomes an outlaw, gets a ducking from Little John and encounters a disguised Maid Marian in the forest; enjoy the stories of Much the Miller's Son, Friar Tuck, Allan-a-Dale, Sir Richard of Leigh and the golden arrow. Meet Robin's sworn enemy Sir Guy of Gisborne, witness his visit from King Richard and see Robin fire his final arrow.

Greek Myths

Greek Myths

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Eight favourite Greek myths - illustrated in colourful, cartoon-strip style! The Greek myths are among the greatest, most exciting stories ever told and feature some of the world's best loved heroes and heroines. In this book, you'll find the stories of Theseus, conqueror of the dreaded Minotaur; the mighty Heracles and his twelve tasks; the tragic lovers Orpheus and Eurydice; Perseus, the Gorgon-slayer; the musician Arion and his rescue by the dolphins; Pandora and her little box of horrors; the feather-clad fliers Daedalus and Icarus; and the weaving contest between Arachne and the goddess Athene. Each of these tales has been retold with lively text and dramatic cartoon style, making them accessible and fun for young children.

The Iliad and the Odyssey

The Iliad and the Odyssey

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Thrilling comic-strip action, with monsters, mighty heroes and even mightier gods and goddesses. The Iliad tells the story of the war between Greeks and Trojans; the love between Helena and Paris; Achilles and Hector's deadly combat; the Trojan Horse... The Odyssey depicts the perilous voyage home of the Greek warrior Odysseus; his struggles against the one-eyed Cyclops; the terrible Sirens; the dreadful, six-headed Scylla... These classic Greek stories have been retold with lively text and a dramatic cartoon style, making them accessible and fun for young children.

Three Cheers for Inventors!

Three Cheers for Inventors!

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2006

A tribute to 101 groundbreaking discoveries from some of the world's greatest - and not so great - inventors. Dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, this latest wonderful offering from Marcia Williams is full of her characteristic humour. Packed with cartoon-strip illustrations and short biographies, it looks at the discoveries of many famous - and not so famous - inventors from around the world, including Leonardo da Vinci, Antonio Meucci, Alexander Graham Bell, John Logie Baird, Thomas Edison, James Watt and many of their predecessors. Three cheers for inventors!

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