Acclaimed British writer Peter James has been awarded the Tess Gerritsen Award for Best Series last weekend at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, in Harrogate, for his bestselling Roy Grace series. This prestigious prize is awarded every year to a writer with a career marked by excellence and success. Novels eligible are those crime novels published in paperback any time during the previous year. Voting is by the public with decisions of a jury-panel also taken into account.
Peter James’ 12th Roy Grace novel LOVE YOU DEAD was published in May and remained in the Top 10 Hardback bestseller list for 7 weeks and his ghost story THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL was published in paperback last month and spent 3 weeks in the Paperback Top 10. His first non-fiction book, DEATH COMES KNOCKING: POLICING ROY GRACE’S BRIGHTON written with Graham Bartlett was published on 15th June and will be in the Sunday Times paperback non-fiction chart at No. 7 this weekend. This means that within the same month, Peter has been in the Top 10 bestseller charts for hardback fiction, paperback fiction and paperback non-fiction – a stunning achievement.
Peter James has been twice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards: as popular internationally as in the UK, he is published in more than 3 dozen languages. Last year he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time. He is currently writing three more Roy Grace novels and two standalones for Macmillan.
Praise for Peter James:
'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' – Karin Slaughter
'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' – Washington Post
‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child