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Peter James


Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 37 languages. Peter’s Roy Grace novels, have had eleven consecutive Sunday Times No 1s with his last Roy Grace ‘You Are Dead’ going in at no 1 in the bestseller charts in both hardback and paperback. In the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart. His novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (2010) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. It was adapted into a smash hit stage play, The Perfect Murder which did its first tour starring Les Dennis in 2014 and is touring again with Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace from January to March to packed houses. This was followed by the play of Dead Simple in 2015 which played for 23 weeks around the UK. Not Dead Enough with Laura Whitmore will be touring in January. The latest Roy Grace, ‘Love You Dead’ was published in May in hardback and was at no 1 in the bestseller charts for 3 weeks. ‘Peter’s first non-fiction title ‘Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton’ with Graham Bartlett was published in July.

Peter was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. Before becoming a full time novelist he has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino. Both a film and a TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, An Honorary Mastership of the Open University, is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex, Patron of Brighton & Hove Samaritans, and Patron of Relate in Sussex, among many other charities he is involved with. Peter has been two times Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel in 2012. In 2015 in a poll run by WH Smith, Peter was publicly voted, The Best Crime Author Of All Time. This year, Peter has been awarded the highly coveted CWA Diamond Dagger Award, which is awarded to writers whose careers are marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to crime writing published in the English language.

Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and Sussex. Peter is available for interviews and to write features. Find out more about Peter James at and Peter’s website and follow him on Twitter. and Facebook. He has a new You Tube channel which was launched on 19th May.

Other Awards

Le Prix Polar International Award, 2006, for Comme Une Tombe (Dead Simple)

ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, 2011, People’s Bestseller Dagger

Sounds of Crime Award, 2011, for Best Abridged Novel for Dead Like You

Sussex Police – Outstanding Public Service Award 2012

US Barry Award, 2012, for Best Crime Novel with Dead Man’s Grip

The 2013 Argus Outstanding Contribution To Sussex Award

Honorary Mastership of the Open University, 2015

Dead Good Readers Dr Lecter Award for Scariest Villain, 2015 Winner –You Are Dead

WHSmith, The Best Crime Author of All Time, 2015 Winner

Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year, 2014 Winner – Want You Dead



Books by Peter James

  • Not Dead Enough

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  • Billionaire Billionaire

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  • The House on Cold Hill The House on Cold Hill

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  • Love you Dead Love you Dead

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  • Dead Tomorrow Dead Tomorrow

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  • Dead Like You Dead Like You

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  • Dead Man’s Grip Dead Man’s Grip

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  • Not Dead Yet Not Dead Yet

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  • Dead Man’s Time Dead Man’s Time

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  • Dead Simple Dead Simple

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  • Looking Good Dead Looking Good Dead

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  • Dead Man’s Footsteps Dead Man’s Footsteps

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