PERSONAL: Born in Romford, England.
ADDRESSES: Agent—DGA Associates, 55 Monmouth St., London WC2H 9DC, England. E-mail—[email protected]
AWARDS, HONORS: Shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Book Prize, 2002, for Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir.
Hard, Soft, and Wet (nonfiction), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1998.
Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir, Fourth Estate (London, England), 2002.
WORK IN PROGRESS: A nonfiction work set in the Arctic, publication by Knopf (New York, NY) expected in 2004.
SIDELIGHTS: Melanie McGrath told CA: "My fascination is with place and its role in human existence. I am interested in all kinds of places, real and imaginary. My greatest passion is for the borders and margins, those regions both literal and metaphorical where places intersect. That's where all the most interesting things happen."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Contemporary Review, November, 2002, review of Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir, p. 316.
Guardian, April 17, 2002, "Girl Meets Net, Girl Loses Net," p. S14.
Publishers Weekly, April 1, 1996, review of Motel Nirvana: Dreaming of the New Age in the American Desert, p. 65.
Times Literary Supplement, September 8, 1995, review of Motel Nirvana, p. 29; June 14, 2002, review of Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir, p. 26.