Andrew Taylor (author)
Andrew Taylor (born 14 October 1951) is a British author best known for his crime novels, which include the Lydmouth series, the Roth Trilogy and historical novels such as the best-selling The American Boy and The Anatomy of Ghosts. His accolades include the Diamond Dagger, Britain's top crime-writing award.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Bibliography
- 3 References
- 4 Sources
- 5 External links
Andrew Taylor grew up in East Anglia. He was educated at The King's School, Ely, and Woodbridge School. He read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and has an MA in Library, Archive and Information Science from University College London.
His first novel, Caroline Minuscule (1982), won the John Creasey Memorial Award of the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain. He is the only author to have won the CWA's Historical Dagger twice, with The Office of the Dead and The American Boy. He has also won the Cartier Diamond Dagger, for sustained excellence in crime writing and has been shortlisted for the Gold Dagger, the Theakston's Old Peculier, and the Edgar award. Bleeding Heart Square won Sweden's Martin Beck Award, the Golden Crowbar, in 2009. The American Boy, a gothic mystery linked to Edgar Allan Poe's boyhood years in England, was one of the ten titles featured in Channel 4's Richard and Judy Book Club 2005 and was also selected for The Times Top Ten Crime Novels of the Decade.
The Roth Trilogy (now also available in an omnibus edition as Requiem for an Angel) was shown on ITV in March 2007. It was a three-part drama series under the title of Fallen Angel, starring Charles Dance and Emilia Fox. The series was broadcast on three consecutive nights, beginning 11 March 2007.
Andrew Taylor also reviews in several publications, in particular the Spectator (whose crime fiction reviewer he is) and The Independent. He has also written short stories and articles on crime fiction.
His most recent books are historical novels as well as crime fiction: Bleeding Heart Square, set in the 1930s mainly in London (2008); The Anatomy of Ghosts (2010), set in eighteenth-century Cambridge; and The Scent of Death, set in British New York, 1778–80 (HarperCollins UK, February 2013). The paperback edition of Taylor's 2016 historical novel The Ashes of London was made Waterstone's thriller of the month for two consecutive months through January and February 2017.
- Caroline Minuscule (1982)
- Waiting for the End of the World (1984)
- Our Fathers' Lies (1985)
- An Old School Tie (1986)
- Freelance Death (1987)
- Blood Relation (1990)
- The Sleeping Policeman (1992)
- Odd Man Out (1993)
Sergeant Jim Bergerac Series (written as Andrew Saville)
- Bergerac: Crimes of the Season (1985) (in hardback published as Bergerac is Back)
- Bergerac and the Fatal Weakness (1988)
- Bergerac and the Traitor's Child (1988)
- Bergerac and the Jersey Rose (1988)
- Bergerac and the Moving Fever (1988)
Lydmouth Series (Richard Thornhill & Jill Francis)
- An Air That Kills (1994)
- The Mortal Sickness (1995)
- The Lover of the Grave (1997)
- The Suffocating Night (1998)
- Where Roses Fade (2000)
- Death's Own Door (2001)
- Call The Dying (2004)
- Naked to the Hangman (2006)
- Requiem for an Angel (2002) (Omnibus edition) (reissued as Fallen Angel in 2007)
- Hairline Cracks (1988)
- Private Nose (1989)
- Snapshot (1989)
- Double Exposure (1990)
- Negative Image (1992)
- The Invader (1994)
- The Raven on the Water (1991)
- The Barred Window (1993)
- A Stain on the Silence (2006)
- Silent Wounds (2014)
- The American Boy (2003) (US title: An Unpardonable Crime)
- Bleeding Heart Square (2008)
- The Anatomy of Ghosts (2010)
- The Scent of Death (February 2013)
- "Recent crime fiction". The Spectator. 311 (9446): 36–37. 12 September 2009. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- "Story Behind The Scent of Death". Upcoming4.me. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "The story behind The Silent Boy". Upcoming4.me. 4 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
- http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/2009/cartier.html "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger 2009"
- Toronto Public Library – Fallen Angel: The Roth Trilogy
- www.andrew-taylor.co.uk/ – author's official website
- Official website – copyright 2013 Andrew Taylor
- Official website – copyright 2004–2009
- interview on the HarperCollins website
- page on the Penguin website
- Andrew Taylor, 1951 October 14– at Library of Congress Authorities – with 31 catalogue records
- Andrew Saville at LC Authorities
- Story Behind The Scent of Death - Essay By Andrew Taylor at Upcoming4.me