Peter Robinson (novelist)

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Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson in March 2010
Peter Robinson in March 2010
Born (1950-03-17) March 17, 1950 (age 68)
Armley, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK[1]
Alma mater
Genre Crime
Notable works Inspector Alan Banks
Notable awards
Spouse Sheila Halladay
Website
www.inspectorbanks.com

Peter Robinson (born March 17, 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.

Life and work[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Inspector Banks series[edit]

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)

Other works[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

  • 1990 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story – “Innocence”
  • 1991 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel – Past Reason Hated
  • 1994 TORGI Talking Book Award – Past Reason Hated
  • 1995 Author’s Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters – Final Account
  • 1996 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel – Innocent Graves
  • 1998 Macavity Award for Best Short Story – “The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage”
  • 1999 Anthony Award for Best Novel – In a Dry Season
  • 1999 Barry Award for Best Novel – In a Dry Season
  • 2000 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel – Cold is the Grave
  • 2000 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story – “Murder in Utopia”
  • 2000 Edgar Award for Best Short Story – “Missing in Action”
  • 2001 Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France) – In a Dry Season
  • 2002 Martin Beck Award (Sweden) – In a Dry Season
  • 2002 CWA (UK) Dagger in The Library Award
  • 2003 Spoken Word Bronze Award – The Hanging Valley
  • 2006 Palle Rosenkrantz Award (Denmark) – Cold is the Grave
  • 2008 Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award[4]
  • 2012 Arthur Ellis Award - Before the Poison [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peter Robinson: Armley-born writer returns to roots to help budding authors". Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Peter". Inspectorbanks.com. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Peter Robinson". notablebiographies.com. notablebiographies. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Peter Robinson". inspectorbanks.com. Peter Robinson. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c 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)

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