Alex Scarrow

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Alex Scarrow
Alex Scarrow (crop 2016).jpg
Born (1966-02-14) 14 February 1966 (age 51)
Norwich, Norfolk
Occupation Novelist
Genre Alternative history, thriller, science fiction
Notable works Last Light, TimeRiders
Partner Debbie Chaffey
Children Jacob Scarrow, his son
Relatives Simon Scarrow

Alex Scarrow (born 14 February 1966) is a British author most well-known for his young adult science fiction series TimeRiders.[1]

Early life[edit]

Alex Scarrow used a to be a rock guitarist in a band, spending ten years after college in the music business. He eventually figured that he was very self centered and too self absorbed and not able to involve other input ideas into his band and would never become famous nor get a record deal. 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[2] such as Waterworld, Evolva, The Thing, Spartan, Gates of Troy, Legion Arena, and Ultimate Soccer Manager.[3]

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.[4] He has since written a number of successful novels, including October Skies. He has also written several screenplays, and is currently writing a highly successful young adult fiction series,[5] 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."[6]

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.[7]

Ellie Quin[edit]

Ellie Quin is a new series about a young girl who thought she was ordinary. It 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.[8]

  • Ellie Quin Book 1: The Legend of Ellie Quin – 23 December 2013 (ISBN 978-0-9575-1600-7)
  • Ellie Quin Book 2: The World According to Ellie Quin – 23 December 2013 (ISBN 978-0-9575-1601-4)
  • Ellie Quin Book 3: Beneath the Neon Sky – 23 December 2013 (ISBN 978-0-9575-1602-1)
  • Ellie Quin Book 4: Ellie Quin in Wonderland – 1 January 2014 (ASIN: B00I9P2Q3W)


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

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