Peter Robinson

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Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. He obtained a BA in English Literature from the University of Leeds then went to Canada where he obtained an MA in English and Creative Writing, followed by a PhD in English at York University in Toronto. His first novel, GALLOW'S VIEW, in 1987, introduced the character of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and since then Banks has appeared in numerous books, with CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION appearing in 2013. Robinson has also written several standalone novels and in 2002 was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library. He divides his time between Toronto and North Yorkshire.


Interviewed 21 September 2013

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Reading. Love. Poetry. Work. Luck. Banks. Travel. Books. Home. Research.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Two people talking outside the front window. Trees, hills, the River Swale and Richmond Castle. A computer screen. A half-full teacup. An iPod dock. Bookshelves with lots of books, CDs and DVDs. A shredder. A leather satchel. A ticket for State Railway of Thailand, The Trans-River Kwai Death Railway.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Cheese and mushroom omelette.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Philip Marlowe. Jules Maigret. Keith Moon. Samuel Pepys. William Shakespeare. Dmitri Shostakovich. Dorothy Parker.

Six things you can't live without ...

My wife. Music. Books. Movies. Country walks. Fine food & drink.

Five favourite words ...

Bollocks. Picayune. Cabriolet. Scheherazade. Sonatina.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Patagonia. Paris. Ulan Bator. Punakaiki. Heron Island.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959, by David Kynaston.
The Divine Comedy, by Dante, trans.
Clive James. The Child Thief, by Dan Smith.

Two things that make you rant ...

Politics and religion.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

You'll regret most of all what you didn't do.