Ross Raisin

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Ross Raisin
BornRoss Radford Raisin
Silsden, Yorkshire, England, UK
Alma materKings College London, Goldsmiths College London
Notable worksGod's Own Country, Waterline, A Natural

Ross Raisin FRSL (born 1979) is a British novelist.[1]


Ross Raisin was born and brought up in Silsden, West Yorkshire, attending the private, independent Bradford Grammar School. He is the author of three novels: A Natural (2017), Waterline (2011) and God’s Own Country (2008). His work has won and been shortlisted for over ten literary awards.

He won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award in 2009, and in 2013 was named on Granta's once a decade Best of Young British Novelists list.[2]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.[1]

His book for the Read This series, on the practice of fiction writing: Read This if you Want to be a Great Writer was published by Laurence King Publishing in April 2018 [3] He has written short stories for Granta, Prospect, Esquire, Dazed and Confused, the Sunday Times, BBC Radio Three and Four, and for anthologies such as: Best British Short Stories (Salt, 2013).[4]

He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Awards and Honours[edit]


God's Own Country, novel, 2008 (Viking, Penguin)[13]

Waterline, novel, 2011 (Viking, Penguin)[13]

A Natural, 2017 (Jonathan Cape, Random House)[13]

Read This if you Want to be a Great Writer, 2018 (part of the Read This series on the creative arts, Laurence King)[14]

Raisin's debut novel God's Own Country (titled Out Backward in North America) was published in 2008. It was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and won a Betty Trask Award.[15] The novel focuses on Sam Marsdyke, a disturbed adolescent living in a harsh rural environment, and follows his journey from isolated oddity to outright insanity. Thomas Meaney in The Washington Post compared the novel favorably to Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, and said "Out Backward more convincingly registers the internal logic of unredeemable delinquency."[16] Writing in The Guardian Justine Jordan described the novel as "an absorbing read", which marked Raisin out as "a young writer to watch".[17] In April 2009 the book won Raisin the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.[18] He is currently a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.


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  3. ^ "Read This if You want to Be a Great Writer". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Book review: Best British Short Stories 2013, Edited by Nicholas Royle". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  5. ^ Flood, Alison (2018-06-28). "Royal Society of Literature admits 40 new fellows to address historical biases". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. ^ "Authors' Awards | The Society of Authors". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  7. ^ "At-a-glance: Granta's 20 best young novelists". BBC News. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  8. ^ "Fifth time lucky for Raisin | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  9. ^ a b "Ross Raisin - Literature". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  10. ^ "Authors' Awards | The Society of Authors". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  11. ^ "Guardian First Book award: Interview with shortlisted author Ross Raisin". The Guardian. 2008-11-29. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  12. ^ Flood, Alison (2008-11-03). "Booker winner squares up to narrative poem for John Llewellyn Rhys prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  13. ^ a b c "Ross Raisin". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  14. ^ "Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer - Laurence King". Laurence King. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
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  16. ^ Thomas Meaney, "The Boy Next Door" (review), The Washington Post, 31 August 2008.
  17. ^ Justine Jordan, [ "One goes mad in Yorkshire"], The Guardian, 22 March 2008.
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