Marianne Holmes

Marianne Holmes


Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents and bounced between the UK, Germany, Kuwait and Belgium until firmly basing herself in London – well, apart from those years in the Peak District.

A love of language led to degrees in Classics and Linguistics from the University of London but her desire to pay the mortgage steered her to a career in Marketing. After distracting herself in all sorts of ways over the years – sailing, flying, volunteering and running away to India – she is now definitely, absolutely concentrating on her writing. Well, that and making sure her children get fed, clothed and entertained. Obviously.

A Little Bird Told Me is Marianne’s first novel.


Marianne Holmes @MarianneHAuthor

Lovely to see how excited my son's class were to find their photo on the wall at Tate Britain yesterday.

And, yes, their excitement was very loud. You have been warned!


Share if you agree it's time for an open & honest debate about institutional transphobia within the UK media industry #StartSpreadingiLove #StopFundingHate

Hey! A heads up that our submissions window is imminent - this time, for BAME communities and Writers of Colour. If you're a writer and think your work a good fit, please do submit to us. (And please pass on and RT, to help us get the word out!)

'Take it seriously because there will never be a better or easier time to begin if you don’t carve it out yourself and guard it fiercely.'

Biscuits for dinner sounds fine with us! Thank you to @MarianneHAuthor for sharing her #MyWritingTip with us this week! 🍪

125,000 aircrew from across the Commonwealth served in Bomber Command during WWII, 55,573 of them gave their lives. We will remember them, their extraordinary bravery, and everyone who gave their life in the service of our country. #RemembranceDay

So totally engrossed listening to Laura Brydon read @thejobaxter's Viola Pumpernickel and the Emerald Lady that he won't unplug the charger in case the power runs out🤣

Retweet Laura's tweet⬇️for a chance to trap your child in one place. Thank you, @laura_brydon 💕

Love, love, loved Girl, Woman, Other by @BernardineEvari via @Bookbub

Ooh, I think my 9 yr-old would love this!

Loved listening to these fantastic authors talking all things Gothic with #AmandaMason last night at @richmondlitfest
& in the appropriately sumptuous setting of @strawbhillhouse too.

And look how pretty my book haul is!

#michellepaver #jesskidd #staceyhalls

Thank you so much for taking the time to review A Little Bird Told Me, Keely.💕

Just finished this heartbreaking yet hopeful story.

If you like to feel all the things, #IWantedYouToKnow is the one for you. A truly life-affirming novel from @LauraPAuthor💕

'Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer.'

Am trying to get this to as many authors around the world as poss. Do please help!

The 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story award, worth £30,000 to the winner, is now open. Entries close on Friday, December 13.

Entry form and ts & cs here:

Fabulous bookhaul from my visit to @PitshangerBook1 today 😍

In this house, when the cake sinks in the middle it's just an excuse for more smarties🤣

Happy Friday!

I'm an author, a parent of avid readers and I mostly hung out in the library during my teens (and to be honest, I haven't really stopped).

I believe every child deserves a great school library. @GreatSchLibs

One day left to get in on this #bookgiveaway.


Freebie time! Whether you read #HistoricalFiction, #Romance, #SciFi, #Dystopian or #Fantasy, you're sure to find something to love in @ClareER's novels. Samples here:

▶️ The Pale:
▶️ The Stars in the Night: