Richard Grant (writer)
Richard Grant (born 1963) is a freelance British travel writer based in Mississippi. He was born in Malaysia, lived in Kuwait as a boy and then moved to London. He went to school in Hammersmith and received a history degree from University College, London. After graduation, he worked as a security guard, a janitor, a house painter and a club DJ before moving to America where he lived a nomadic life in the American West, eventually settling in Tucson, Arizona, as a base from which to travel. He supported himself by writing articles for Men's Journal, Esquire and Details, among others. Grant and now wife, Mariah, moved to New York City briefly, before relocation to Pluto, Mississippi.
Grant's first book American Nomads (2003, UK: Ghost Riders) looks at nomadism and people who choose to live on the road in America. It won the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. Grant wrote the script for a BBC documentary called American Nomads, based in part on the book, which aired in the fall of 2011.
His next book God's Middle Finger (UK: Bandit Roads, 2008) is about the lawless region of the Sierra Madre mountains in northwestern Mexico in which Grant traveled. It was nominated for the 2009 Dolman Best Travel Book Award. Grant co-wrote a screenplay about the Mexican border with Johnny Ferguson and Ruben Ruiz entitled Tres Huevos/A Burning Thing.
His third book Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa (2011) is about Grant's travels in harrowing situations around East Africa, including an attempt at the first descent of the Malagarasi River in Tanzania.
Grant's fourth book Dispatches from Pluto, released in October 2015, describes his move to Pluto, Mississippi, with his then girlfriend Mariah, and their life and impressions about the Mississippi Delta. Tom Zoellner in the New York Times observed "Grant’s British accent doubtlessly served him well, allowing him to move through the tradition-bound society of the Mississippi Delta like a neutron, without obvious allegiances or biases."
- American Nomads: Travels with Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, and Bullriders, [UK: Ghost Riders: Travels with American Nomads] (2003)
- God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre [UK: Bandit Roads: Into the Lawless Heart of Mexico] (2008)
- Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa (2011)
- Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta (2015)
- Biography, Richard Grant website.
- Tom Zoellner (November 30, 2015). "Travel: 'Dispatches From Pluto,' 'Driving Hungry' and More". New York Times. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- Richard Grant's Website
- "Review: Ghost Riders: Travels with American Nomads". review of Ghost Riders: Travels with American Nomads in The Observer, February 2, 2003; Page 17
- "Into the Wild", review of God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre in The Washington Post, March 30, 2008; Page BW04
- "Richard Grant Has Returned from Mexico Alive", September 2008.