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CANADA’S ADOPTED SON, PETER ROBINSON

By Chris High


Peter Robinson, the popular author of sixteen highly acclaimed Inspector Banks novels, was in Manchester recently as a part of the Waterstones “Dead On Deansgate” crime season. Peter, who hails originally from Yorkshire, England, but who now divides his time between the UK and Canada, was in town to promote his latest novel, Piece Of My Heart, featuring the popular detective and took time to speak with Chris High, beforehand.
‘ The novel is set around the murders of a young girl at a Rock festival in 1969 and of a music journalist in the present day. The only links between the two deaths, it seems, is the involvement in both cases of a band called The Mad Hatters,’ Peter explained. ‘Banks finds he has to delve into the past to find exactly how much of a hornets nest has been stirred up by the journalist and try to piece together events separated by a generation. The book was great fun to write, because it gave me the excuse to look through my old record collection and listen to stuff I’d not heard in years, and all in the name of research.’

A former tutor at colleges in Canada, Peter has won many awards for his work, including two Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards. ‘I still get a fantastic thrill from seeing my books on the shelf and, usually, enjoy sniffing the first copy I receive of the latest novel. I really enjoy the promotional side of the business, too. With luck, established fans of my work will have brought friends along who have never read my novels and so might be tempted to try something new. The only drawback to touring as far as I am concerned is that I don’t get as much time to write as I’d like, which is always a shame. The Dead On Deansgate idea is great, because it gives such a tailor made platform for authors to reach their readers. With Manchester being such a vibrant city with a fantastic musical heritage, I’m sure the event at Waterstones will be a great success and I’m very much looking forward to it.’

Peter Robinson read extracts from Piece Of My Heart at Waterstones Bookstore on Deansgate, Manchester. For more information about Peter Robinson, visit his website.


ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Formerly a Chef, publican, shop manager, supermarket shelf-filler, library employee and deliverer of lambs, Chris High now dedicates most of his time to writing and journalism. He has successfully collaborated with singer Chris de Burgh on a collection of song based short stories available from his Website, and is currently in the process of completing his first Crime novel. Chris lives on Merseyside, England, with his cat Tigger and his dog, Duke.


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