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

KidLit peeps, this year I’ve got two picture books coming out in the UK and I really wanna push online links to Indy/smaller booksellers for preorders instead of Amazon. I know of a couple like Roundtable and Moonlane, but can I get links to other shops that sell online please?

If you'd like to escape the rain and head back to the summer, why not try #alittlebirdtoldme a 'twisty yet tender debut about family, secrets, and the lies we tell ourselves'.

Calling all writers from under-represented backgrounds! The @CreativeF_uture annual writing competition is OPEN!

Judges include @ThatKerryHudson, @AkiSchilz and @Anthony1983.

You have until 31st May to submit your entry.

A spash of bright colour on a dreary Monday #MondayMotivation #parakeet

Sometimes, my little one gets upset that he never got to meet his Grandpas. Luckily, my Dad recorded some of his stories before he got too ill & today he told us how watching the RAF planes during the Battle of Britain ignited his love for flying.💖#grandpa #stories

Beautiful film made by students at @WoodsideHigh for LGBT History Month.😍 #LGBTHM20

Perfect rainy evening reading⬇️. I've been saving this one up & I'm loving it so much😍
#amreading #thehoarder

My 11-year-old and his friend have worked out how to solve world hunger, homelessness and overpopulation. They propose we be allowed to eat rich people.

But where to start?

Interesting thread about the use of isolation in schools⬇️

To mark #HolocaustMemorialDay, I stand together with others to remember people murdered by the Nazis.
Join me, and remember someone as part of @HMD_UK’s #StandTogether project of remembrance.

Feels like a good time to remind people how good Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by @renireni is.

Read it, if you haven't🙏. #amreading #amlearning

Looking for something to read? Three lovely @LauraPAuthor books ⬇️ #bookgiveaway #iwantedyoutoknow

Finally, managed to visit the fantastic @secondshelfbks yesterday. We came away with some great books, plenty of recommendations & this rather fetching bag. Thank you so much for your help!💕

I'm really enjoying The Girl Before You @Nico1aRayner! Will be especially cautious in the local Co-op now 'though🧐 #amreading

Heading into 2020 with the fabulous @monaeltahawy and @DrJenGunter . Highly recommended, I wish these had been around 'ahem' years ago when I was a teen!

#amreading #nevertooold

Wishing everyone a fantastic Christmas! #kewgardens #christmaslights

Look at this gorgeous cover. I haven't read much poetry this year but looking forward to diving into #CloudsCannotCoverUs by @JayHulmePoet while it rains outside😍

Devastated. The election result is hugely damaging for my child & for many others.

So today I’m giving to my local foodbank and will be doing my shopping with inclusive & minority businesses & artists. First @_KnightsOf

All children deserve to see themselves in books.

Voted! Now for this treat of a book while we wait🤞 #ForTheMany #thefamiliars #staceyhalls

Gingerbread decorating, carol singing and all of us absolutely wowed by Es Devlin's Memory Palace @PitshangerManor today.

#ealing #lovelondon