Raisin was born in Keighley in Yorkshire, and after attending Bradford Grammar School he studied English at King's College London, which was followed by a period as a trainee wine bar manager and a postgraduate degree in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked as a waiter, dishwasher and barman.
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. 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."  Writing in The Guardian Justine Jordan described the novel as "an absorbing read", which marked Raisin out as "a young writer to watch". In April 2009 the book won Raisin the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. He is currently a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.
- "Ross Raisin", Royal Society of Literature.
- "Ross Raisin" at Rogers, Coleridge and White.
- Thomas Meaney, "The Boy Next Door" (review), The Washington Post, 31 August 2008.
- Justine Jordan, [ http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/mar/22/featuresreviews.guardianreview40 "One goes mad in Yorkshire"], The Guardian, 22 March 2008.
- "Read This if You want to Be a Great Writer". www.laurenceking.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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