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Peter Robinson

Successful crime writer and creator of the Inspector Banks series of novels...

Peter Robinson was originally from the North East of England, but by the time he wrote Gallows View he was living in Canada. He admits that nostalgia for home was partly what motivated him to write about the area in the first place, and now he has a flat in Richmond, Yorkshire, to allow him to spend more time there.

After completing a MA in English and Creative Writing, and a PhD in English, he wrote Gallows View which was nominated for English and Canadian awards, as were several of his subsequent books. He has won Canadian, British, French and Swedish awards for his writing and been translated into 15 languages, but he says praise from his peers means more to him and he is proud to count Stephen King ("This may be the best series of British novels since the works of Patrick O'Brian") and Dennis Lehane ("Chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art") among his fans.

Peter Robinson's breakthrough book, in the UK, was the comparatively recent Banks novel Aftermath (2002), which means that there is an extensive backlist for new readers to explore (Inspector Banks made his debut in 1987).Unlike some other detectives, Inspector Banks is not immune to the passage of time and changing trends and technologies give the books a nice authenticity - going back to Gallows View now is a little like opening a time capsule.

Book and writing awards

Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story (1990)(Innocence); Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (1991) (Past Reason Hated) Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (1996) (Innocent Graves); Anthony Award for Best Novel (1999) (In a Dry Season); Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (2000) (Cold is the Grave); Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France)(2001) (In a Dry Season); Martin Beck Award (Sweden)(2002) (In a Dry Season); CWA Dagger in The Library Award (2002).

Similar authors to Peter Robinson

Ian Rankin, Stephen Booth and Mark Billingham.

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