Writer of suburban dystopian fiction.
Aaron Gransby is a journalist, newspaper editor and magazine publisher. He is a product of suburbia – London’s Metroland – which can be either a comfortable, middle class, idyllic place or a succession of soulless, tedious housing developments stuck between two ring roads, depending upon your point of view.
Aaron has seen both sides, living his early years in a typical, three-bedroomed semi-detached house before spending the remainder of his childhood until he left home at 18 on council estates across Harrow.
His fascinating debut novel, Outside, works on different levels as both a highly readable thriller and a comment on the way our society is heading which goes much deeper. The society he describes is informed both by his own experiences and his ambiguous feelings about the world we live in now. His second book, Destination, takes the theme further with a collection of seven short stories, each focusing on an aspect of the direction our country is heading in.
As he himself says: ‘My writing is driven by the typical outsider’s fears of isolation, abandonment and loss – yes, that’s right, all the good things in life.’
A follow-up to Outside, to be titled Night Games, is due for release in 2024.
Aaron lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire. In his spare time, he plays tennis, rides horses, enjoys national hunt racing, is a season ticket holder at Watford Football Club and collects books.