Marisa Linton is a historian, professor, and writer of both fiction and non-fiction.
Marisa writes creative fantasy fiction for adults and young adults that draws on ancient Celtic Britain, folklore and belief in magic, ghost stories and the supernatural.
The Pouka King, her young adult fantasy book set in contemporary Britain, won the Times/Chicken House Prize for 2023, with publication details to be announced soon.
Her adult fantasy book, Circle of Shadows, about a group of occult detectives in Edwardian Britain, came third in the Iaminprint/Canelo writing competition for 2023.
Marisa works as a historical adviser, including for the TV series, Dangerous Liaisons (Starz/Lionsgate, 2022), where she was part of the writers’ room, working collaboratively on scripts that fictionalised and dramatized the historical past.
She has extensive experience of public speaking for a wide audience, ranging from young people at schools and universities, to scholars, and to the general public, and has made TV and radio appearances.
Marisa is professor emerita of history at Kingston University where she taught for many years. As a historian she specialises in the French Revolution; witchcraft and magical beliefs; the history of women; and the Enlightenment. She is the author of multiple history books, including Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship and Authenticity in the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2013), and the co-author of Terror: The French Revolution and its Demons (Polity Press, 2021). Her many writings include: leaders of the French Revolution; political ideas in the eighteenth century; Napoleon’s path to power; and women in the Paris Commune of 1871. She is preparing a trade book on four revolutionaries: Robespierre, Danton, Desmoulins and Saint-Just for Oxford University Press. She writes for the popular history market, including History Today and BBC History Magazine.
Born in Barnes, in south-west London, into an Italian/English family, Marisa has lived for many years in Brighton where she has raised her three children.