Grant Gillespie (writer)

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Grant Gillespie is an English novelist and actor who lives in London. His debut novel The Cuckoo Boy was published by London publishing house To Hell with Publishing in May 2010.[1] The novel tells the story of an unusual boy adopted into a middle-class British family anxious to conform, with dangerous consequences. Parts of the novel were inspired by the James Bulger case. Literary charity Booktrust wrote that Grant Gillespie "writes beautifully about imagined dreamscapes and viewing the adult world with a child’s eyes."[2] The Observer called the novel "a savage indictment of hypocrisy and forced social convention."[3]

Gillespie started writing while reading English Literature at The University of Glasgow. He's since worked as a radio fiction researcher for Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time, written theatre articles for Time Out, and is a member of the critic’s panel for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. He is also an actor and has had numerous TV and film roles.[4] His acting credits include: for television - Channel 4 mocumentary Cast Offs, Holby City, Casualty, Poirot, Midsomer Murders; for film - Four Weeks Notice, Lecture 21; for theatre - King Lear with Timothy West at the helm and Don Juan directed by Michael Grandage; for radio - Armadale and Tulips in Winter.