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.

Marcel has fronted various programmes for BBC including a travelogue of Japan, In Search of Wabi Sabi for BBC4. He is a regular pundit on The Review Show (BBC2).

His most recent documentaries include three Unreported World's for Channel 4 - Carjack City, where he joined a private security firm in South Africa, tracking down vehicles stole by armed carjackers; Russia's Radical Chic about young Russian socialite turned political protester Ksenia Sobchak and Ukraine The Teenagers Who Live Underground about Street Children living in the sewers of Kiev.

He has authored and presented several documentaries about life in the former Soviet Union including; The Great Russian Art Boom (Channel 4) and The Death Of A Nation (More 4).

Marcel has published four novels to critical acclaim: A Stranger in the Earth, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, A Paper Chase, A Blow to the Heart and Far North. A Paper Chase won the Somerset Maugham Award. Far North was a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award, the Arthur C Clarke Award, and was awarded the Prix de l'Inaper├žu in 2011. He has just published his fifth novel Strange Bodies, with Faber and Faber.

Earlier this year Marcel made a series of travelogue films for the Guardian on-line and he's is currently writing for the Huffington Post in the UK and The New York Times.

His website is

Marcel lives in Tooting with his wife and two children.

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