Peter Marshall (author)

Peter Marshall (author)

Peter Marshall (born 23 August 1946, Bognor Regis, England) is an English philosopher, historian, biographer, travel writer and poet. He has written fifteen books which are being translated into fourteen different languages. An occasional broadcaster, his circumnavigation of Africa was made into a 6-part TV series and his voyage around Ireland into a BBC Radio series.

Marshall became a boarder at Steyning Grammar School in the Sussex Downs. He then sailed around the world as a purser cadet in the Merchant Navy before teaching English in Senegal, West Africa. He returned to England to take a Bachelor of Arts in English, French and Spanish from the University of London and an Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Ideas from the University of Sussex. He has taught philosophy and literature at several British universities and art colleges.

In the 1970s Marshall was a founder member of a libertarian community called Redfield in Buckinghamshire, England. He went in 1980 to live in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales to write his first book and stayed on for 21 years, first living in a remote cottage in the mountains and then down by the sea. He now lives in Devon, England. He has two children, Emily and Dylan.

Marshall has made a major contribution to fields as diverse as anarchism, ecology, alchemy and archaeology. He has been described by "Resurgence" magazine as one of the 25 'visionary voices' who have shaped the new world view in the last quarter of a century. His philosophy of Liberation Ecology is presented in "Riding the Wind" (1998). In his life and writings, he has tried to expand freedom and to help all beings realize their full potential. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


* "William Godwin" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984)
* "Journey through Tanzania", with photographers Mohamed Amin & Duncan Willetts (London: Bodley Head, 1984)
* "Into Cuba" with photographer Barry Lewis (London: Zena, 1985)
* (ed), "The Anarchist Writings of William Godwin"(London: Freedom Press, 1986)
* "Cuba Libe: Breaking the Chains?" (London: Victor Gollancz, 1987)
* "William Blake: Visionary Anarchist" (London: Freedom Press, 1988)
* "Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism" (London: HarperCollins, 1992)
* "Nature's Web: An Exploration of Ecological Thinking" (London: Simon & Schuster, 1992)
* "Journey through Maldives", with photographers Mohamed Amin & Duncan Willetts (Nairobi: Camerapix,1992)
* "Around Africa" (London: Simon & Schuster, 1994)
* "Celtic Gold: A Voyage around Ireland" (London: Sinclair Stevenson, 1997)
* "Riding the Wind: A New Philosophy for a New Era" (London: Continuum, 1998)
* "The Philosopher's Stone: A Quest for the Secrets of Alchemy" (London: Macmillan, 2001)
* "World Astrology" (London: Macmillan, 2004)
* "Europe's Lost Civilization: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Megaliths" (London: Headline, 2004)
* "The Theatre of the World: Alchemy, Astrology and Magic in Renaissance Prague" (London: Harvill Secker,2006). Also published as "The Magic Circle of Rudolf II" (New York: 2006) and "The Mercurial Emperor" (London: Pimlico,2007)

External links

* [ Personal website of Peter Marshall]

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