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
Spouse Sheila Halladay

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.[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.

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.[3]


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.[5]

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)


  • 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]


  1. ^ a b "Peter Robinson: Armley-born writer returns to roots to help budding authors". Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
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  3. ^ a b c "Peter Robinson". notablebiographies. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Peter Robinson". Peter Robinson. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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  6. ^ "In the Dark Places". Harper Collins"accessdate=23 August 2015. 

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