Author Marcus Sedgwick Dead at 54; Cause of Death Not Announced

The British writer Marcus Sedgwick has passed away today. He was 54 years old. A prize-winning and beloved author, Sedgwick has penned over 40 books. These works range from books for adults, young adults, non-fiction, and academic essays. Sedgwick was also an accomplished illustrator and musician.

In a statement, Sedgwick's agency RCW said: "It is with deep regret that RCW announces the unexpected death of author Marcus Sedgwick. His family and close friends request privacy at this very sad and difficult time."

Floodland, Sedgwick's debut novel was published in 2000 by Delacorte Press. The book won the Branford Boase award. Sedgwick's books have been shortlisted for more than 30 literary awards. These include four nominations for the Guardian children's fiction prize, two for the Edgar Allan Poe award, and five for the Carnegie medal. He has also been accorded recognition by the Printz award. In fact, he currently holds the record as the most noted writer in the history of the Printz award.

Awards and Honors:

1. Won the Branford Boase Award for Floodland in 2001.
2. Won the Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood in 2014.
3. Won the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand is Singing in 2007.


"We are very sad to learn of the unexpected death of Marcus Sedgwick. Marcus leaves an incredible legacy of award-winning, powerful writing for young readers, and we are proud to publish a number of his remarkable books on the Hachette Children's Group list. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time." - Hachette Children's Group

"I am immensely saddened and shocked by the loss of my friend, the author Marcus Sedgwick. Not only had I known him for half my life, we also collaborated on three books. Goodbye, old friend. Thanks for all the wine and laughs. And of course, for your brilliant books, which will keep you here in the world forever. Rest in peace." - Thomas Taylor, Author/Illustrator

"Stunned and devastated to hear the sad news this morning that children's book author Marcus Sedgwick has passed away at only 54 years old. He was a hugely talented writer, created a potent sense of atmosphere in his work like no other. Inspiration to many. Thoughts with his friends, family and of course his brother Julian." - Emma Carpendale

"He was a superb writer, and did things that no one else was doing in YA. I only met him a couple of times, but could see why he was so loved by his family and friends. Such a loss." - Anthony McGowan

"I'm sad to hear of the death of Marcus Sedgwick. A gentle and helpful friend and a fearless writer." - David Almond

"Hard to express how important Marcus Sedgwick was to me over the last year. He was always on the end of the phone with words of comfort and wisdom and I already miss him. A kind, funny, generous soul. He wasn't half bad at writing either. Just heartbroken." - Sarah Crossan

"My heart is completely crushed, and I'm in total shock. The loveliest, gentlest, and most talented man, who I've got to know over this last year. What a loss to all of us, and my thoughts are with everyone close to him." - Stuart White