Melanie McGrath is an English writer.
Born in Romford, Essex, McGrath's parents moved several times during her childhood; to Basildon in Essex, then to a village in Germany, to Kent, then north to Lancashire, and south again to Buckinghamshire. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
McGrath won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1995 for her non fiction book Motel Nirvana, which examined the New Age movement, and detailed McGrath's travels around the American states of Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
McGrath's other non-fiction books have explored the "Information Age" (Hard, Soft and Wet), 20th century British social history, (Hopping and Silvertown) and a family saga set in Canada, The Long Exile. Melanie McGrath has written two crime novels in recent years, White Heat and The Boy in the Snow.
As a book reviewer and travel writer McGrath has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent among other publications. McGrath has taught creative writing at the universities of Roehampton University and North Carolina as well as at The Arvon Foundation. McGrath lives in London and on the Kent coast.
- Non fiction
- 1996 - Motel Nirvana Flamingo
- 1998 - Hard, Soft and Wet Flamingo
- 2002 - Silvertown, Fourth Estate
- 2006 - The Long Exile, Fourth Estate
- 2009 - Hopping, Fourth Estate
- Crime fiction
- 2011 - White Heat, Mantle
- 2012 - The Boy in the Snow, Mantle (as M.J. McGrath)
- 2014 - The Bone Seeker, Fourth Estate (as M.J. McGrath)