- The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi (2020)
- Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta (2015)
- Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa (2011)
- God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (UK: Bandit Roads: Into the Lawless Heart of Mexico) (2008)
- American Nomads: Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, and Bullriders (2003) Also published as Ghost Riders:
- Travels with American Nomads by Little Brown (2003)
Richard Grant is an author, journalist, and television host. He currently lives with his wife Mariah, who is a Public Services and Instruction Librarian at Millsaps College, and his daughter Isobel in Jackson, Mississippi.
Grant was born in Malaysia in 1963 and spent time as a child in Kuwait before his family moved to London where he spent the majority of his childhood. Grant earned a history degree from University College in London and then moved to the United States. He lived in Tucson, Arizona and New York City before moving to the Mississippi Delta in 2012. He has since moved to the Jackson, Mississippi, area.
Grant grew up with an interest in traveling and writing. His first book American Nomads, Travels With Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers and Bullriders was published in the United States by Grove Press in 2003. The title in the United Kingdom, Ghost Riders, Travels With American Nomads, was published by Little Brown in 2003 and won the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Literature Award.
Grant’s second book God’s Middle Finger, Into The Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (Free Press, 2008), was published in England as Bandit Roads, Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (Little Brown, 2008). The book was written after Grant traveled in northern Mexico in the Sierra Madre Occidental, an area nine hundred miles long that contained cave-dwelling Indian tribes and is one of the world’s largest area for production of marijuana and heroin.
His third book Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa tells the story of his first descent of the Malagarasi River in Tanzania and other events in Burundi and Rwanda. He has also been involved in the BBC documentary film American Nomads, which is hosted, narrated and written by Richard. In addition, he had a consulting role in the multiple-award-winning documentary Omo Child: The River and The Bush, about ending infanticide in Southern Ethiopia.
The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi, will be published in October, 2020.
Grant writes for Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, The Telegraph UK, Aeon and several other publications.
- Home page for author and journalist Richard Grant
- Sunday Book Review of New York Times for Dispatches from Pluto, 2015
- Smithsonian, Octobor, 2016, article by Grant about the return of the great American Jaguar.
- September, 2016, article by Grant in the Smithsonian about fugitive slaves and freedom.
- The Clarion-Ledger interview with Richard Grant on Delta book Pluto, Oct. 10, 2015
- Simon & Schuster’s page for Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
- Finding the True Power of Literature in Mr. Bill Faulkner by Grant (2015)
- I’m Not Passing Through: Interview with Richard Grant by Dan Holmes, 2014
- Jackson Free Press talks about Richard Grant, 2015
- The Guardian’s Review of Ghost Riders, 2003
- Richard Grant has returned from Mexico Alive, 2008
- Washington Post review of God’s Middle Finger by Bill Gifford, 2008