His first published writing was the short story Patient Iris, published 1995 in New Writing Four (edited by A. S. Byatt and Alan Hollinghurst). This was soon followed by his debut novel, Marked for Life, the same year. Other novels includeStrange Boy (2003) and To the Devil — a Diva! (2004) and he has also published several short stories. With Julia Bell, he edited several issues of the University of East Anglia's Pretext.
He is also the author of four books in the BBC Doctor Who novel range, to which he introduced the character Iris Wildthyme, although she had originally been created in his unpublished first novel, which was named after her. He is the editor of a short story collection featuring the character, entitled Wildthyme on Top, released in 2005 by Big Finish Productions, for whom he has also written short stories and audio plays. He is also the author of a Doctor Who New Series Adventure, Sick Building, as well as a forthcoming second audio featuring The Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller.
Magrs' novel Exchange was nominated for the 2006 Booktrust Teenage Prize and was longlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Medal. His Doctor Who novel, Sick Building, has made the shortlist for the Doncaster Book Award.
Magrs is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he began work in 2004 having formerly taught at the University of East Anglia. He did his PhD at the University of Lancaster.
Magrs' non-fiction work includes The Creative Writing Coursebook, with Julia Bell and Andrew Motion, published 2001.
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