Alastair MacNeill is a British South African author. His family emigrated to South Africa when he was six, settling in the coastal city of East London. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1985. He was offered the chance to write a novel based on an outline by the late Alistair MacLean. He eventually wrote several novels based on MacLean synopses and has also written some novels under his own name. He lives in Sheffield, England.