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Peter MayPeter May

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Peter May (born 20 December 1951) is a Scottish television screenwriter, novelist, and crime writer.  He is the recipient of writing awards in Europe and America. The Blackhouse won the U.S. Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year and the national literature award in France, the CEZAM Prix LitteraireThe Lewis Man won the French daily newspaper Le Télégramme’s 10,000-euro Grand Prix des Lecteurs. In 2014, Entry Island won both the Deanston’s Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and the UK’s ITV Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year Award. May’s books have sold more than two million copies in the UK and several million internationally.

List of Books:

The Lewis Trilogy

The Enzo Files

The China Thrillers

Standalone novels

Other Awards

  • Fraser Award (1973) winner of Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award
  • 17th International Celtic Film and Television Festival (1996) Machair nominated for Best Drama Serial Award
  • Elle Magazine, Grand Prix de Littérature (2006) The Firemaker runner up in category Best Crime Novel
  • 2007 Prix Intramuros (France) Snakehead winner at the Salon Polar & Co, Cognac
  • 2007 Prix International (France) Snakehead shortlisted at the Salon Polar & Co, Cognac
  • 2008 Prix International (France) Chinese Whispers shortlisted at the Salon Polar & Co, Cognac
  • 2010 Prix Ancres Noires L’Île des chasseurs d’oiseaux (The Blackhouse) winner of the Prix des Lecteurs at the Les Ancres Noires book festival, Le Havre
  • 2011 Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE L’Île des chasseurs d’oiseaux (The Blackhouse) winner of the CEZAM Prix Litteraire Inter CE national French Literature Prize.
  • 2012 Prix Ancres Noires (2012) L’Homme de Lewis (The Lewis Man) winner of the Prix des Lecteurs at the Les Ancres Noires book festival, Le Havre
  • 2012 Grand Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme (2012) L’Homme de Lewis (The Lewis Man) winner of the Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme, 10,000 Euro Readers’ Prize of French daily newspaper.
  • 2012 Prix International, Cognac Festival L’Homme de Lewis won the 2012 Prix International at the Cognac Festival.
  • 2013 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel (USA) The Blackhouse shortlisted
  • 2013 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (UK) The Lewis Man shortlisted
  • 2013 Barry Award for Best Crime Novel (USA) The Blackhouse won the Barry Award for Best Novel of the Year at a ceremony at Bouchercon, Albany NY.
  • 2014 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (UK) The Chessmen shortlisted
  • 2014 Deanstons Scottish Crime Book of the Year Entry Island won the Deanstons Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in Stirling September 2014.
  • 2014 Specsavers ITV Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year Entry Island won the Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year Award at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards ceremony in London, October 2014.
  • 2015 Dagger in the Library UK Crime Writers’ Association award for an author’s body of work in British libraries (UK) shortlisted
  • 2015 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (UK) Entry Island shortlisted
  • 2015 Trophée 813 (France) Entry Island (L’Île du Serment) won the Trophée 813 for “Best Foreign Crime Novel” awarded by the French magazine Review 813

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