Peter Robinson (novelist)

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Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson 20100328 Salon du livre de Paris 1.jpg
Peter Robinson in March 2010
Born (1950-03-17) March 17, 1950 (age 65)
Armley, Leeds[1]
Alma mater
Genre Crime
Notable works Inspector Alan Banks
Notable awards

Peter Robinson (born March 17, 1950) is a Canadian crime writer born in Britain. 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. He is best known for the Inspector Banks series of novels set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale, which have been translated into fifteen languages, but also writes short stories and other novels.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Armley, Leeds,[1] Robinson emigrated to Canada to continue his studies after completing his first degree at the University of Leeds.

Robinson lives in the Beaches area of Toronto 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.


Inspector Banks series[edit]

Set in the fictional English town of Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales. 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.[3]

Other works[edit]

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

  • Caedmon's Song (1990)
  • The First Cut - American Adaptation of Caedmon's Song (1993)
  • No Cure for Love (1995)
  • The Price Of Love (2009) (Short stories; includes an Inspector Banks novella and three Banks stories)
  • Before The Poison (2011)


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