A former West Country rugby coach has recently published his debut novel, Losing The Plot, a pacey erotic mystery thriller, set in Marbella.
Richard Grainger, well known to the Devon and Cornwall rugby community from several stints as Head Coach at Sidmouth RFC, hung up his clipboard and turned to writing full time two years ago.
Grainger, who now divides his time between Marbella and Wroclaw in Poland, is still a frequent visitor to the South-West as his son Cameron plays for Sidmouth RFC’s first fifteen and also the town’s Premier League cricket team; his daughter, Rosanna, is well-known on the show-jumping scene.
Losing the Plot, the first in his Richie Malone series, is the tale of an old-school philanderer and writer who wakes up one morning in his Marbella villa to find a dead girl in his bed.
Malone then finds himself caught up in a turf war between the Russian Mafia, Irish racketeers and a Colombian cartel.
Grainger was Director of Physical Education and taught English and History at St John’s School in Sidmouth from 1986 until 1999.
In 1996 he published The Last Latrine, which was based on his travel experiences in Nepal, including running the 1993 Reebok Everest Marathon.
Grainger is currently working on his second novel, Saving Dave, the darkly comedic narrative of a young man suffering from Locked-in Syndrome, whose world suddenly changes when he has a bizarre accident.
Losing The Plot is available to buy from Amazon or can be ordered at your local bookshop.