Andrew Britton

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Andrew Paul Britton (January 6, 1981 – March 18, 2008) was a British-born spy novelist who immigrated to the United States with his family at age seven. He published his first novel at age 23, his books were translated for international sales, and have been posted on the extended New York Times bestseller list.

Early life[edit]

Britton was born in Peterborough, England, in 1981. During his early childhood, he lived between the UK and Camlough, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, { Camlough is the birthplace of Britton's mother to whom he dedicated his 1st book The American

The family emigrated to the United States in 1988.

[1] Britton spent years in both Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from Leesville Road High School in Raleigh in 1999, Britton joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. He stayed in the Army for three years and served in Korea.[2][3]

After his military service, Britton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied economics and psychology.

Writing career[edit]

Britton made a publishing deal for his first book The American when he was 22. He followed this with his novel The Assassin The Assassin was an immediate hit and added to the New York Times best sellers list. In early 2007 Britton returned to Camlough, Northern Ireland to complete the third novel of the Ryan Kealy espionage series, The Invisible, and dedicated to his "Camlough" maternal Grandmother Eunice Britton . Britton's books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and were translated into several languages becoming bestsellers worldwide. Tragically this amazing young man who had put so much into his short life, passed suddenly in March 2008. An avid researcher and writer, left behind many manuscripts and his work will continue to be published.

  • The American (2007)
  • The Assassin (2008)
  • The Invisible (2009)
  • The Exile (2010)
  • The Operative (2012)
   The Courier 2013

Death[edit]

On March 18, 2008, Britton died at the age of 27 of an undiagnosed heart condition in Durham, North Carolina. He was survived by his mother Annie (Britton) Nice, stepfather Graham Nice, and his two siblings Christopher E Britton and sister Roxanne S Nice.

On June 14th 2010, after a 2 yr battle with grief & depression at the loss of his brother Andrew. Christopher, age 26 yrs old committed suicide. [4][5] Half of Christoper's ashes where placed alongside Andrew in Memorial Gardens US Army Section Raleigh NC.

The remainder of both boy's ashes were brought back to the village of Camlough, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Britton's mother could not part with them and has since brought the ashes of both boys back to her home in Raleigh NC. The boys names have been added to the headstone of their paternal grandparents in St Malachy's graveyard in Carrickcruppen Ireland.

Andrew & his brother Christopher Britton are interred in the Veteran's section of Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina. An Irish Christmas Ceili is held in their Memory on the 2nd Sunday of December every yr at Tir na nOg Irish Pub in Raleigh. Toys and clothes are donated to local children in need as part of the event.

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