Andrew Grant (writer)

Andrew Grant
Born1968 (age 51–52)
Birmingham, England, UK
LanguageEnglish language
ResidenceChicago, Illinois, US
SpouseTasha Alexander (2010)
RelativesLee Child (brother)

Andrew Grant (born 1968 in Birmingham, England) is a British writer, and the younger brother of bestselling thriller writer Lee Child.[1] In 2010, he married novelist Tasha Alexander.


Andrew Grant was born in 1968, Birmingham, England. He studied at St Albans School, Hertfordshire, before going on to study Drama and English Literature at the University of Sheffield, and stayed in Sheffield after graduating. Grant founded a theatre company that produced original material, culminating with a critically successful appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following his foray into theatre, cash flow issues made it necessary for him to find other employment, and he spent fifteen years working in telecommunications before leaving the corporate world to become a novelist.

He wrote his first novel in 2008, Even, published in 2009,[1] followed by two further novels, Die Twice and More Harm Than Good, all featuring David Trevellyan, a Royal Naval intelligence officer. His debut novel, Even, received stars from both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.[2][3] He also wrote a book series featuring Cooper Devereaux, a detective in Birmingham, Alabama, starting with False Positive, released in 2015.[4] This is followed by two books featuring Paul McGrath, starting with Invisible in 2019.[5]

In January 2020, Grant's brother Lee Child announced that he intended to retire from writing the Jack Reacher book series, with Grant taking over.[6] Child intended to write the next few books together with Grant before passing the series entirely over to him. Grant will also write under the pen name Andrew Child.[7]

Personal life

In 2010, Grant married novelist Tasha Alexander after meeting her in the crime fiction convention Bouchercon in Baltimore in 2008.[8] They lived in Chicago for a number of years before moving to Tie Siding, Wyoming.[9]

Grant is a supporter of Aston Villa. A number of his books feature characters with names borrowed from footballers who played for the club, including Paul McGrath.[10]


David Trevellyan

  1. Even (2009)
  2. Die Twice (2010)
  3. More Harm Than Good (2012)

Detective Cooper Devereaux

  1. False Positive (2015)
  2. False Friend (2017)
  3. False Witness (2018)

Paul McGrath

  1. Invisible (2019)
  2. Too Close to Home (2020)

Standalone novels

  1. Run (2014)


  1. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (13 May 2009). "Brothers in Crime Writing: The Tyro and the Veteran". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Even". Publishers Weekly. 16 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Even: Andrew Grant". macmillan. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009.
  4. ^ Wills, John M. "False Positive: A Novel". New York Journal of Books.
  5. ^ Wright, Abbe. "A Conversation with Andrew Grant and Lee Child". Read it Forward.
  6. ^ Martin, Andy; Sanderson, David (18 January 2020). "Childs play with Jack Reacher's future as author's brother takes over". The Times.
  7. ^ "Jack Reacher author Lee Child passes writing baton to brother". BBC. 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ Phelan, Twist. "Romancing the Con". Mystery Scene #113.
  9. ^ Ballard, Caroline (11 January 2019). "Married Mystery Writers Find Space To Be Creative In Wyoming". Wyoming Public Media.
  10. ^ Wollaston, Steve (1 March 2019). "Paul McGrath receives an unlikely Aston Villa honour and the fans will love it". Birmingham Mail.

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