Peter Robinson (novelist)

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Peter Robinson
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Peter Robinson in March 2010
Born (1950-03-17) 17 March 1950 (age 71)
Armley, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK [1]
Alma mater
Genre Crime
Notable works Inspector Alan Banks
Notable awards
SpouseSheila Halladay
Website
www.inspectorbanks.com

Peter Robinson (born 17 March 1950) is an English-Canadian crime writer. He is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. He has also published a number of other novels and short stories as well as some poems and two articles on writing.

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Life and work

Robinson was awarded a BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds. He then emigrated to Canada in 1974 and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University in Toronto. [3] He is best known for the Inspector Banks series of novels set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale, which have been translated into nineteen languages, [4] but also writes short stories and other novels.

Personal life

Robinson was born in Armley, Leeds, [1] son of Clifford Robinson (a photographer) and Miriam Jarvis (a homemaker). [3] Robinson emigrated to Canada to continue his studies after completing his first degree at the University of Leeds. [5]

Robinson lives in the Beaches area of Toronto [6] with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and he occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93. [3]

Robinson and his wife live in Toronto, Canada, but they have a holiday cottage in Richmond, North Yorkshire. [5]

Bibliography

Inspector Banks series

Set in the fictional English town of Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales. Robinson has stated that Eastvale is modelled on Ripon and Richmond and is somewhere north of Ripon, close to the A1 road[ sic ]. [5] A former member of the London Metropolitan Police, Inspector Alan Banks leaves the capital for a quieter life in the Dales. Since 2010 several of the novels have been adapted for television under the series title DCI Banks with Stephen Tompkinson in the title role. [7]

  1. Gallows View (1987)
  2. A Dedicated Man (1988)
  3. A Necessary End (1989)
  4. The Hanging Valley (1989)
  5. Past Reason Hated (1991)
  6. Wednesday's Child (1992)
  7. Dry Bones that Dream (1994) (published in the United States as Final Account)
  8. Innocent Graves (1996)
  9. Dead Right (1997) (published in the United States as Blood at the Root)
  10. In a Dry Season (1999)
  11. Cold is the Grave (2000)
  12. Aftermath (2001)
  13. The Summer that Never Was (2003) (published in the United States as Close to Home)
  14. Playing with Fire (2004)
  15. Strange Affair (2005)
  16. Piece of My Heart (2006)
  17. Friend of the Devil (2007)
  18. All the Colours of Darkness (2008)
  19. Bad Boy (2010)
  20. Watching the Dark (2012)
  21. Children of the Revolution (2013)
  22. Abattoir Blues (2014) (published in the United States as In the Dark Places) [8]
  23. When the Music's Over (2016)
  24. Sleeping in the Ground (2017)
  25. Careless Love (2018)
  26. Many Rivers to Cross (2019)
  27. Not Dark Yet (2021)

Other works

Although Caedmon's Song is a standalone novella, it is related to Friend of the Devil.

Awards

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<i>Caedmons Song</i>

Caedmon's Song is a novel written by Canadian crime writer Peter Robinson in 1990. Also known in the United States and Canada as The First Cut, it was Robinson's first novel not to feature Inspector Alan Banks. Although seemingly unrelated to the Banks series, Caedmon's Song is revisited in Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novel Friend of the Devil, wherein the story is brought together with that from an earlier Banks novel, Aftermath, published in 1999 and 2007 respectively.

<i>Gallows View</i>

Gallows View is the first novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 1987, but has been reprinted a number of times since.

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<i>In a Dry Season</i>

In a Dry Season is the tenth novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 1999, but has been reprinted a number of times since. The novel is widely acclaimed as Robinson's best, a large step forward in ambition from previous books, and this was reflected in its critical and commercial response. The novel was nominated for the 1999 Hammett Prize, was shortlisted for the American Edgar Award and won the 2000 Anthony Award for 'Best Novel'.

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<i>Cold Is the Grave</i>

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<i>Watching the Dark</i> (novel)

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References

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  2. "About Peter". Inspectorbanks.com. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 "Peter Robinson". notablebiographies.com. notablebiographies. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Peter Robinson". inspectorbanks.com. Peter Robinson. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 Stephenson, Hannah (11 July 2018). "Crime in the blood: creator of DCI Banks comes home". The Yorkshire Post. p. 15. ISSN   0963-1496.
  6. "About Peter". Inspectorbanks.com. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  7. "ITV orders six-part run of DCI Banks". Broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  8. "In the Dark Places". harpercollins.com. Harper Collins". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 16 March 2016)