Mark Lowery - Author

About the Author

The youngest of four children, Mark Lowery was born in North Wales in 1979 and grew up in Preston, Lancs. Although he maintains that his upper body is of average size, many people have suggested that he has an unusually large head and stumpy legs.

His lifelong dream of playing for Everton was cruelly shattered at 18, when he realised that he was actually useless at football. Following this bombshell, he trained to become a primary school teacher. He denies that this was only so that he could be taller than the majority of people in his workplace.

Following a few years of teaching in Leeds, he studied for an MA in Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. After graduating he taught at schools in Ipswich and Italy, whilst writing in his spare time. He currently works part-time at a school in Cambridge. His claims that he is “the staff-room eye-candy” have been strenuously ridiculed by all those who work alongside him.

Mark is a fluent speaker of terrible Italian. He enjoys playing the guitar, football, swimming, snowboarding, reading and running around. However, as a father of two small humans, he has recently put some of these interests on hold in favour of nappy-changing and baby-entertaining. He has a real-life girlfriend who definitely exists, and his favourite meal is steak pie, mash and beans.

Socks Are Not Enough is his first novel. It deals with what Mark considers to be two of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century – parental nudity and custard cream addiction. It is his sincere hope that this book will in some way reach out to the sufferers of these terrible afflictions.

Pants Are Everything, Mark’s second book,  is published July 2013, published by Scholastic Children’s Books.

Featured books by Mark Lowery

The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life

The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life

9+ readers

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Because of his Monday-morning jam doughnut, Roman's week takes a very sticky turn... By Friday Roman has been banned from eating for 24hrs, narrowly avoided a faceful of warm toddler-wee, accidentally shoplifted, been given a lift in a getaway van, styled his teacher's guinea pig with a blue mohawk, started an OAP riot ...and still barely managed to scoff a crumb - or lick - of a single doughnut. Who knew jam could be so deadly?

Other books by Mark Lowery

The Mighty Mince Pie Massacre

The Mighty Mince Pie Massacre

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

'Mark Lowery is far too funny' Jonathan Meres, author of THE WORLD OF NORM The sixth book in the hilarious and anarchic ROMAN GARSTANG ADVENTURE series It is the month before Christmas, and Roman's class is preparing for the Christmas fete and the school pantomime. The new teacher at the helm - the awful Mr Le Salle, a flamboyant, theatrical and downright nasty piece of work - is the least of Roman's worries. He also has to contend with the most rubbish role in the panto (being a box) as well as organising the Santa's grotto stall at the Christmas fete with loose cannon Darren Gamble. As the panto nears, it seems that everything that could possibly go wrong is about to. It is left to Roman to save the panto and the day ...

Revenge of the Spaghetti Hoops

Revenge of the Spaghetti Hoops

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Mark Lowery is far too funny' Jonathan Meres, author of THE WORLD OF NORM The fifth book in the hilarious and anarchic ROMAN GARSTANG ADVENTURE series It's the end of term for Roman - the last week ever of primary school, in fact. And in what should be an unremarkable, tying-things-up kind of week, Roman's class get the opposite - a very special visitor. One Jason Grooves - ex-pupil turned mega-famous singer. Jason is back at school to film his new reality TV show - Jason: Grooving on to the Next Chapter. He's got big plans, and he wants Roman and all the class to get in with the action. Filming, proms, auditions, charity gigs and the launch of his brand-new food lines, including some very special spaghetti hoops ... All Roman Garstang wants is a quiet life. But is he going to get one? You bet not ...

Revenge of the Spaghetti Hoops

Revenge of the Spaghetti Hoops

Author: Mark Lowery Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Mark Lowery is far too funny' Jonathan Meres, author of THE WORLD OF NORMThe fifth book in the hilarious and anarchic ROMAN GARSTANG ADVENTURE seriesIt's the end of term for Roman - the last week ever of primary school, in fact. And in what should be an unremarkable, tying-things-up kind of week, Roman's class get the opposite - a very special visitor. One Jason Grooves - ex-pupil turned mega-famous singer. Jason is back at school to film his new reality TV show - Jason: Grooving on to the Next Chapter. He's got big plans, and he wants Roman and all the class to get in with the action. Filming, proms, auditions, charity gigs and the launch of his brand-new food lines, including some very special spaghetti hoops ...All Roman Garstang wants is a quiet life. But is he going to get one? You bet not ...

Charlie and Me

Charlie and Me

Author: Mark Lowery Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2018

Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They're going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they're hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going? It's a journey that's full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he's not like ordinary kids. He's one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes - especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it's hard when there's something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall ... An unforgettable novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.

Charlie and Me 421 Miles From Home

Charlie and Me 421 Miles From Home

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. 'A marvellous novel, by turns funny and sad .... an empathetic story of kindness and loss' The Sunday Times 'I LOVED this book. Funny, sad and beautifully written' Lisa Thompson, author of THE GOLDFISH BOY 'Funny, tender, sad and huge of heart' Phil Earle, author of DEMOLITION DAD 'Mark Lowery is an exciting new voice in children's fiction' Elen Caldecott, author of HOW KIRSTY JENKINS STOLE THE ELEPHANT Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They're going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. They're hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going? It's a journey that's full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he's not like ordinary kids. He's one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes - especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it's hard when there's something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall ...

The Great Caravan Catastrophe

The Great Caravan Catastrophe

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

'Mark Lowery is far too funny' Jonathan Meres, author of THE WORLD OF NORM The fourth book in the hilarious and anarchic ROMAN GARSTANG ADVENTURE series Incredibly, unbelievably, Roman's cousin is marrying the cousin of Rosie Taylor (AKA The Worst Person Who Ever Lived) cousin. Roman can't believe this (as Rosie says: How can we be in the same family, we're barely in the same species ). Rosie's parents decide they should go along together and make a weekend of it . Roman's plus one is his best friend Gamble (probably the naughtiest kid in Europe) - and it's the beginning of another big, messy, catastrophic and uproarious adventure for Roman - with Winnebagos, illegal thrash metal festivals and campsite beauty contests all thrown into the mix ...

Attack of the Woolly Jumper

Attack of the Woolly Jumper

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Mark Lowery is far too funny - Jonathan Meres, author of THE WORLD OF NORM Roman endures a royal visit and a school fashion show - in a jumper knitted by his Grandma . . . Grandma has come to stay for the royal visit by Princess Lucy to launch her new badger charity, 'Badges for Badgers'. Which would be fine, if she hadn't knitted Roman the crummiest jumper (AKA crumper ) on earth that he's forced to wear to school. His whole class is in a fundraising frenzy, led by fame-crazy Rosie Taylor who is convinced that organising a charity fashion show is bound to win her favour with the princess. And in a bid of fierce cruelty she has sponsored Roman to wear his crumper ALL WEEK, even after Gamble tries to flush it down the toilet. When the jumper causes a swan attack and a biker to swerve off the road, can Roman keep his whole life from unravelling? A new side-splitting story in the Roman Garstang Disaster series.

The Chicken Nugget Ambush

The Chicken Nugget Ambush

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

An outdoor adventure trip is one thing, but can Roman Garstang survive a chicken nugget-only diet? Roman Garstang is all set for his class trip to Farm View outdoor survival centre. There are only three issues: 1. With Darren Gamble as his new 'BFF' how can Roman make friends with funny, cool girl Vanya? 2. Roman will be sharing a tent with Kevin (AKA 'The Pukelear Missile') for THREE DAYS 3. Mum has prescribed a strict chicken nugget-only diet (Seriously?!) It's time to put his new survival skills to the test . . .

The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life

The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life

9+ readers

Author: Mark Lowery Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Because of his Monday-morning jam doughnut, Roman's week takes a very sticky turn... By Friday Roman has been banned from eating for 24hrs, narrowly avoided a faceful of warm toddler-wee, accidentally shoplifted, been given a lift in a getaway van, styled his teacher's guinea pig with a blue mohawk, started an OAP riot ...and still barely managed to scoff a crumb - or lick - of a single doughnut. Who knew jam could be so deadly?

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