Marcel Theroux is a broadcaster and novelist. He was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968. He grew up in England, studied English Literature at Cambridge University and then won a fellowship to Yale where he took an MA in International Relations with a specialisation in Soviet and East European Studies.
An award winning author himself, Marcel Theroux’s family includes such literary luminaries as father Paul (American novelist and travel writer) and brother Louis (award-winner television journalist).
Since graduating, Marcel Theroux has worked for various TV companies in the U.S. and Britain while working on his novels. He has presented various documentaries about life in the former Soviet Union and has fronted arts programmes for BBC Four and More 4. In 2008 Marcel authored and presented The Great Russian Art Boom on Channel 4, exploring why Russian Billionaires were suddenly buying art. In March 2009 Marcel presented In Search of Wabi-Sabi for BBC Four, as part of the channel’s Hidden Japan season of programming, which follows Marcel’s challenging, entertaining and moving journey through Japan as he tries to understand the Japanese people and their theory of aesthetics.
In March 2006 Marcel Theroux presented Death of a Nation on More 4.
Marcel is also a contributing editor to Travel and Leisure Magazine. A piece he wrote for them about travelling to the coldest town in the world was chosen to appear in “Best American Travel Writing 2000”, published by Houghton Mifflin.
The New York Times called his first novel, A Stranger in the Earth, “charming and sprightly… a buoyant novel that amuses and entertains.” His second novel, The Paperchase, appeared in paperback in 2002 and won a Somerset Maugham Award. Reviewing it in the New York Times, the critic John Lanchester described it as “exquisitely calculated…very satisfying.” A Blow to the Heart is Marcel’s third book, published in July 2006. His book Far North, published by Faber in March 2009, was shortlisted for the US National Book Award.
Marcel’s renowned Literary Pub Quiz, a popular favourite at the likes of the Port Eliot Festival, is available for corporate bookings. Intelligent and carefully researched questions can be tailored to each and every client. Marcel is available for awards hosting, conference moderating and in-house DVDs.