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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.
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).