Mike Molloy

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Mike Molloy
Born Michael Molloy
22 December 1940 (1940-12-22) (age 77)
Nationality British
Occupation Author
Newspaper editor (formerly)

Michael Molloy (born 22 December 1940) is a British author and former newspaper editor and cartoonist.


Born in Hertfordshire, Molloy studied at Ealing Junior School and the Ealing School of Art before working at the Sunday Pictorial followed by the Daily Sketch, where he began drawing cartoons. In 1962, he joined the Daily Mirror, where he rose through the ranks until in 1975 he became editor.[1]

In 1985, Robert Maxwell appointed Molloy Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, where he introduced colour printing.[1] From 1986-88, he additionally edited the Sunday Mirror.[2]

From 1985-95, Molloy wrote seven crime fiction books set in England, four featuring Sarah Keane and three featuring Lewis Home.[citation needed]

In 1990, Molloy left the Mirror Group, and in 1996 he bought Punch on behalf of Mohammed Al Fayed. He became its deputy editor, but left after six issues.[1]

After retiring from the newspaper industry, he began writing children's fantasy novels.[2]

In 2003, he was shortlisted for the Stockton Children's Book of the Year, while in 2007, he was shortlisted for the Hampshire Book Award.[citation needed]

Molloy married Sandy Foley in 1964 and they have three daughters, Jane (an interiors stylist), Kate (a journalist) and Alexandra (a writer).[citation needed]

Published books[edit]

  • The Century
  • The Witch Trade
  • The Wild West Witches
  • The Time Witches
  • The House on Falling Star Hill
  • Peter Raven under Fire
  • The Black Dwarf
  • Cat's Paw
  • Dogsbody
  • Harlot of Jericho
  • Home Before Dark
  • The Kid from Riga
  • Sweet Sixteen


  1. ^ a b c "Biography: Mike Molloy". University of Kent British Cartoon Archive. 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Morris, Sophie (9 May 2005). "Inside Story: The ex-editors' files". The Independent. London: INM. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Michael Christiansen
Deputy Editor of the Daily Mirror
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael Christiansen
Editor of the Daily Mirror
Succeeded by
Richard Stott
Preceded by
Peter Thompson
Editor of the Sunday Mirror
Succeeded by
Eve Pollard