Peter James received an Honorary Platinum Award last night at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book. The event was held at the May Fair Hotel in London and presented by the BBC’s Mariella Frostrup. The awards celebrate the outstanding sales of books in the UK retail trade, based on the Nielsen data. As the best-selling author of the Roy Grace series, Peter’s honorary Platinum prize recognises his considerable achievements, selling over five million copies in the UK over ten years. He will also enter the Nielsen 21st Century Hall of Fame for bestselling authors.
In a heartfelt speech, Peter thanked the significant people in his life, his publisher Pan MacMillan, and the Awards. He also spoke about the importance of engaging a wider audience with reading and encouraging new readership.
Published in paperback in October 2017 NEED YOU DEAD, the thirteenth instalment in the Roy Grace crime series, reached #1 in The Sunday Times and topped the ebook bestseller chart. The newest addition to the tantalising series, DEAD IF YOU DON’T will be published by Pan Macmillan this May. Roy Grace’s latest case is set to be the most difficult of his career after a teenage boy is kidnapped from a football stadium on match day. His father receives a ransom demand but as a covert police operation to find his son unfolds, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace starts to realize that not all is what it seems . . . Peter has talked about DEAD IF YOU DON’T with a number of papers and radio shows, including interviews with The Argus and BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey.
In October 2018 Peter’s stunning new standalone ABSOLUTE PROOF will hit the shelves in the UK, with rights already being snapped up around the world, so watch this space and Peter’s website for more news!
On 8 February, the Theatre Royal in Brighton will host “An Evening with Peter James”, where Peter will talk about his career, his inspiration and his bestselling novels. He will also be discussing his writing career at The Dead Good Evening event at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing on 15 February in aid of Care for Veterans.
Peter James is an international bestselling thriller writer. He is a New York Times bestseller, as well achieving multiple Sunday Times No 1s, and his work is published in 37 languages. He has won numerous awards, most recently the coveted 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and he was publicly voted by WH Smith – Britain's biggest bookselling chain – The Best Crime Author of All Time. In 2017 Orion launched a programme to re-issue all his backlist chillers, starting with the 20th anniversary edition of THE TRUTH, with a new foreword by the author, and audio editions for the first time.
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Praise for Peter James:
‘Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business’ – Lee Child
‘One of the most consistently readable crime writers.’ – Daily Mail
‘A master plotter.’ – The Bookseller
Praise for NEED YOU DEAD:
‘James’s superior 13th novel … This skilful twister shows why James was awarded the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger.’ — Publishers Weekly Starred Review
‘Peter James has the knack of ensnaring readers with his fully imagined characters and original plots. He writes in a way that makes his stories seem not just interesting but also realistic. His plots and characters are based on detailed and scrupulous research, which means that a good deal of fact underpins his fiction.’ — Literary Review
‘James has never forgotten how to make the pages fly. If a supercharged procedural is what you crave, fasten your seat belt.’ — Kirkus Reviews
‘With Peter James there’s always another layer of mystery to peel away.’ —Dayton Daily News