Alex Scarrow

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Alex Scarrow
Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 48)
Norwich, Norfolk
Occupation Novelist
Genres Alternative History, Thriller, Science Fiction
Notable work(s) Last Light, TimeRiders
Partner(s) Debbie Chaffey
Children Jacob Scarrow, his son
Relative(s) Simon Scarrow

Alex Scarrow is a British author, whose books include The Candle man, A Thousand Suns,[1] Last Light, Afterlight, October Skies, and the young adult science fiction series TimeRiders.[2]

Early life[edit]

Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist in a band, spending ten years after college in the music business. He eventually figured that his band would never become famous nor get a record deal. So he left the music industry in order to become a graphic artist and then he decided to be a computer games designer.

He worked on game titles[3] such as:

Waterworld, Evolva, The Thing, Spartan, Gates of Troy, Legion Arena, Ultimate Soccer Manager.[4]

He started his writing career initially by writing screenplays, but after difficulty entering the business he turned his strongest screenplay into the successful A Thousand Suns novel.[5] He has since written a number of successful novels such including October Skies. He has also written several screenplays, and is currently writing a highly successful young-adult fiction series,[6] which according to his TimeRiders website:

"Allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with when designing games."[7]

He currently lives in Norwich with his son, Jacob and his partner, Debbie.




Alex Scarrow is planning to span the TimeRiders series over 9 books in total. The series is about an agency which consists of three teenagers who have cheated death, and who travel in time to fix history broken by time travel.[8]

Ellie Quin[edit]

Ellie Quin is a new series about a young girl who thought she's ordinary. Turns out she couldn't have been more wrong. She's the most valuable, the most dangerous, the most sought-after human in the universe... and there are people already zeroing in on her.[9]


He is the brother of Simon Scarrow, an author who has also written numerous novels. His book Gates of Rome include the characters Quintus Licinius Cato and Lucius Cornelius Macro from Simon Scarrow's "Eagle" series.


  1. ^ "Alex Scarrow Interview". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Michelle Pauli (July 22, 2010). "Alex Scarrow: 'I've worked really hard to make TimeRiders absolute cocaine'". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alex Scarrow, Author BBC Interview". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alex Scarrow Moby Games". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alex Scarrow Interview". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Alex Scarrow". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Author". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "TimeRiders: The Original Book". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Legend of Ellie Quin". Retrieved January 22, 2013.