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Marcia Williams - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

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

Other books by Marcia Williams

Children Who Changed the World: Incredible True Stories About Children's Rights!

Children Who Changed the World: Incredible True Stories About Children's Rights!

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rights of the Child and the amazing children who have stood up for them all over the world. From the heroes familiar to everyone, such as Malala Yousafzai, to the amazing activists you might not have heard of, like Baruani Ndume, the teenager who gave a voice to fellow refugee children in Tanzania, discover the incredible true stories of child activists. An inspirational and moving book from beloved author-illustrator Marcia Williams, providing the perfect introduction to an important subject and marking 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by the United Nations General Assembly.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright

My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2008

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.

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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