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Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson in March 2010
Peter Robinson in March 2010
Born(1950-03-17)17 March 1950
Armley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England[1]
Died4 October 2022(2022-10-04) (aged 72)
Alma mater
GenreCrime
Notable worksInspector Alan Banks
Notable awards
SpouseSheila Halladay
Website
www.inspectorbanks.com
Peter Robinson (17 March 1950 – 4 October 2022) was a British-born Canadian crime writer who was best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. He also published a number of other novels and short stories, as well as some poems and two articles on writing.
Contents
1 Life and work
2 Personal life
3 Awards and honours
4 Publications
4.1 Inspector Banks series
4.2 Other works
5 References
6 External links
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. 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, but also writes short stories and other novels.
Personal life
Robinson was born in Armley, Leeds on 17 March 1950, the son of Clifford Robinson (a photographer) and Miriam Jarvis (a homemaker). Robinson emigrated to Canada to continue his studies after completing his first degree at the University of Leeds.
Robinson lived in the Beaches area of Toronto with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and he occasionally taught crime writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He also taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992–1993. Robinson and his wife had a holiday cottage in Richmond, North Yorkshire. He died on 4 October 2022, at the age of 72.
Awards and honours
In 2020, Robinson received the Grand Master Award from Crime Writers of Canada, and in 2010, he received their Derrick Murdoch Award. Two years prior, he had been honoured with the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award.
Awards and honours for Robinson's writing
Year
Title
Award
Result
Ref.
1988
Gallows View
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
1989
A Dedicated Man
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
1990
The Hanging Valley
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
1990
"Innocence"
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story
Winner
1991
Caedmon’s Song (The First Cut)
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
1991
“Innocence”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Winner
1991
Past Reason Hated
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
Winner
1992
Past Reason Hated
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Winner
1993
Wednesday’s Child
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
1994
TORGI Talking Book Award
1995
Final Account
Author's Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters
“Lawn Sale”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Finalist
“Summer Rain”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Finalist
Wednesday's Child
Edgar Award for Best Novel
Finalist
1996
“Carrion”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Finalist
1997
Innocent Graves
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
Winner
1998
Dead Right (Blood at the Root)
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
“The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Finalist
Macavity Award for Best Short Story
Winner
1999
Anthony Award for Best Short Story
Nominee
2000
In a Dry Season
Anthony Award for Best Novel
Winner
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
Barry Award for Best Novel
Winner
Edgar Award for Best Novel
Finalist
Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
Finalist
"Missing in Action"
Edgar Award for Best Short Story
Winner
2001
Cold is the Grave
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Winner
In a Dry Season
Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière
Martin Beck Award
Winner
“Missing In Action”
Anthony Award for Best Short Story
Nominee
“Murder in Utopia”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Winner
2002
Aftermath
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
The Hanging Valley
Spoken Word Bronze Award
2004
The Summer That Never Was (Close To Home)
Anthony Award for Best Novel
Nominee
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
2005
Playing with Fire
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
Finalist
2006
Cold is the Grave
Palle Rosenkrantz Award
Strange Affair
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
Finalist
2007
Piece of My Heart
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist
Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
Finalist
2009
“Walking the Dog”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story
Finalist
2012
Before the Poison
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Winner
Martin Beck Award
Winner
2017
“The Village That Lost Its Head”
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novella
Finalist
2018
Sleeping in the Ground
Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
Winner
Publications
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 . 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.
Gallows View (1987)
A Dedicated Man (1988)
A Necessary End (1989)
The Hanging Valley (1989)
Past Reason Hated (1991)
Wednesday's Child (1992)
Dry Bones that Dream (1994) (published in the United States as Final Account)
Innocent Graves (1996)
Dead Right (1997) (published in the United States as Blood at the Root)
In a Dry Season (1999)
Cold is the Grave (2000)
Aftermath (2001)
The Summer that Never Was (2003) (published in the United States as Close to Home)
Playing with Fire (2004)
Strange Affair (2005)
Piece of My Heart (2006)
Friend of the Devil (2007)
All the Colours of Darkness (2008)
Bad Boy (2010)
Watching the Dark (2012)
Children of the Revolution (2013)
Abattoir Blues (2014) (published in the United States as In the Dark Places)
When the Music's Over (2016)
Sleeping in the Ground (2017)
Careless Love (2018)
Many Rivers to Cross (2019)
Not Dark Yet (2021)
Standing in the Shadows (2023)
Other works
Although Caedmon's Song is a standalone novella, it is related to Friend of the Devil, which is also related to Aftermath.
Caedmon's Song (1990)
The First Cut - American edition of Caedmon's Song (1993)
No Cure for Love (1995)
Not Safe After Dark (Crippen & Landru, 1998 & Macmillan Publishers, 2004) (Short stories; includes three Inspector Banks stories)
The Price of Love (2009) (Short stories; includes an Inspector Banks novella and three Banks stories)
Before The Poison (2011)
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