Peter Robinson’s 2017 UK Book Tour

Peter’s latest book, Sleeping in the Ground, is due out in a few days in the UK, and he’ll be touring the country extensively to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Inspector Banks book, Gallows View. Below is a list of scheduled events. Try to get to lunchtime signings as close to the noted time as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 11 July, 2,00pm: Talk at Rothwell Library, Marsh Street, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0AE.
Tuesday, 11 July, 6.30pm: Event at Leeds Central Library, Leeds.

Wednesday, 12 July, 6.30pm: Event at Chichester Cathedral, Chichester.

Thursday, 13 July: Signing at Waterstones, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1QE.
Thursday, 13 July: Event for Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton BN1 1ZA.

Friday, 14 July, 2.30pm: Talk at Rochester Library, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW.
Friday, 14 July, 7.00: David’s Bookshop, 14 Eastcheap, Letchworth SG6 3DE.

Saturday, 15 July, 3.00pm: Event for Topping & Co, St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely CB7 4AH.

Tuesday, 18 July, 3.00pm: Event at Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington DL1 1ND.
Tuesday, 18 July, 7.00pm: Event at Waterstones with Mari Hannah. Emerson Chambers, Blackett St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JF.

Wednesday, 19 July, 7.00pm: White Rose Book Shop, 79-81 Market Pl, Thirsk YO7 1ET.

Thursday, 20 July, 7.00pm: York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS.

Friday, 21 July, 12.30pm: Signing at Waterstones, High Street, Northallerton DL7 8PP.

Saturday, 22 July, 11.30 – 12.30pm: Castle Hill Book Shop, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 25 July, 7.00pm: Event for Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M1 3AQ.

Wednesday, 26 July, 7.00pm: Event for Waterstones, 24 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB.

Thursday, 27 July, 12.30pm: Signing at Waterstones, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Frenchgate, Doncaster DN1 1LJ.
Thursday, 27 July, 6.30pm: Event for Waterstones, 1 – 5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR.

Friday, 28 July, 7.00pm: Event at John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX.

Monday, 31 July, 7.30pm: Event for Simply Books, Fords Lane Church, Fords Lane, Bramhall SK7 1DQ.

Tuesday, 1 August, 7.00pm: Event at Booka bookshop, 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry SY11 2SP.

Wednesday, 2 August, 7.30pm: Event at The Bear, High Street, Crickhowell NP8 1ED.

Thursday, 3 August, 6.30pm: Waterstones, 2a The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1WB.

Tuesday, 8 August, 7.00pm: Event for Waterstones, 3 – 5 Fishergate, Preston PR1 3LJ.

Wednesday, 9 August, 7.30pm: Event for Linghams, 248 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, the Wirral CH60 7SG.

Thursday, 10 August, 7.30pm: The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Abbey, Forgate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AH.

Tuesday, 15 August, 7.15pm: Edinburgh Festival Event, Studio Theatre, Edinburgh.

Wednesday, 16 August, 8.00pm: Event for Topping & Co, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews KY16 9HG.

Thursday, 17 August, 7.00pm: Event at Primavera for Waterstones, The Avenue Shopping Centre, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 6EY.

Sunday, 20 August, 7.00pm: Event at the East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Rd, Beverley HU17 9BE.

Saturday, 2 September, time TBC: After dinner speaker at the Gala Dinner for the National Association of Writers’ Groups. University of Warwick, Warwick.

News for Summer, 2017

SleepingintheGround UpdateThe paperback edition of When the Music’s Over is #1 this week on the Sunday Times Bestseller list! My thanks to everyone who bought a copy. (Amazon UK)

The 24th DCI Banks novel, Sleeping in the Ground, will be published in the UK on 13 July (US: August; Canada: October). (Amazon UK)

The story begins with a mass murder at a Yorkshire wedding, and the investigation needs to move in some unexpected directions in order to find answers. In this one, Banks is mourning the death of an old lover, Annie is dealing with her father’s move from Cornwall up to Yorkshire to be “closer to her,” and DC Gerry Masterson is bearing the brunt of the action, as usual. The music moves from Bowie’s “Starman” to “Blackstar” with a lot of varied and interesting stuff in between.

As this is the 30th anniversary of Banks in print (yes, Gallows View came out in 1987!) I will be doing an extensive UK tour through July and August, with a couple of events at the beginning of September. I cover a fair bit of the country, from Southampton and Brighton to Cardiff, Edinburgh, and St Andrews, with many stops in between, especially in the North and North East. I don’t have the final details yet, but when I do I’ll post them. I look forward to seeing many of you at these events.

Canadian Book Tour for When the Music’s Over

Apologies to all for being late with this. Sometimes events just get ahead of my ability to list them!

Saturday, October 15 – Lunchtime event with the Whistler Wrters Festival, 1pm. Whistler, British Columbia.

Tuesday, October 18 – Grand Opening, with Andre Alexis, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Anne Y.K. Choi, Emma Donghue and Francesca Melandri. 8pm Performance Works, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thursday, October 20 – “A Good Way to Get Yourself Killed,” with Michael Koryta and Sam Wiebe. 6pm Revue Sage, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Friday, October 21 – Onstage interview with Wayne Arthurson. 7pm. St Albert, Alberta.

Sunday, October 23 – Reading/Round Table – “Vice: The Art of Crime Writing,” with Lotte Hammer Jakobson, Alexander Maksik and Ben Sanders. 1.30pm. International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday, October 29 – Reading/Round Table – “Lived-in Stories.” with Deborah Campbell and Kevin Patterson. 5pm. IFOA, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

Sunday, October 30 – Onstage Interview – with Linwood Barclay and host Andrew Pyper, interviewed by Deborah Dundas. 4.30pm. IFOA, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

DCI Banks, the Books, and the TV Series

There have been a number of questions recently regarding differences between the characters of the DCI Banks novels and the TV adaptations.

I have come to think of the Banks books and the TV series as parallel universes, rather like those in the TV series Fringe. (If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s well worth watching.) The characters are clearly meant to be different versions of the same person; they look different, have different personalities and meet different fates in different worlds.

I have no power in the TV universe, where I am a mere observer, but I like to think of myself as the custodian of the universe of the books. In that universe, I can assure you, all the characters you have come to know and (I hope) love continue to be hale and hearty and as human and flawed as ever – in When the Music’s Over, its 2017 successor Sleeping in the Ground and, I hope, in many more books to come.

New Book, Swedish Festival, and Other News

As I write, When the Music’s Over has been on the UK bestseller list for six weeks now, having spent one week at #1 and a week at #2. It has also made #83 on the USA Today chart, which isn’t as bad as it sounds because that list includes everything—all formats and all genres—from cookbooks to ebooks.

I have just got back from the Crimetime Festival in Visby, which is a beautiful medieval town on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. I was International Guest of Honour among a host of primarily Scandinavian authors. Sharon Bolton and Elizabeth Hand were the only other English language authors present, though everyone I met spoke perfect English. The festival was excellent, and we were very well treated, though I must say they worked me hard, often with three or four events and interviews a day. I had events with Håkan Nesser, Arne Dahl, Camilla Läckberg, Sharon Bolton, Denise Rydberg and Viveca Sten, and had the honour of congratulating Maj Sjöwall on stage after she received her award (see photo). I also met many other writers, some I have read and others I will read. The wonderful Kerstin Wixe interviewed me on stage, and champagne flowed at the book launch with Ninni Schulman. My thanks to everyone involved in the organisation, especially Carina Nunstedt, the chief! The evenings were always spent in entertaining company with good food and good wine. I was also thrilled to discover from my publishers, Forum, that When the Music’s Over (or När Musiken Tystnar) received a first hardcover printing of 20,00 copies, and my translated books in all formats have sold over three million copies in Sweden.

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Peter with Maj Sjöwall.

After a couple of days relaxing and sightseeing in Stockholm, it was back to work again, but what pleasant work it was—an evening event on 25 August at White Rose Books in Thirsk. It was a miserable night weather-wise, but plenty of people turned out, and I think a good time was had by all. Many thanks to Caroline and Sue and all who work there. I met up with an old school friend, and Derek Shelmerdine kindly gave me a copy of his magisterial, encyclopaedic book Rock n’Roll Unravelled. I can see already that it will lead to a huge expansion of my CD collection.

I have a few more events before I head over the pond for the Canadian national tour. There’s an event at Topping & Co in St Andrews at 8pm on 9 September, then an event with Mark Billingham at Bloody Scotland, in Stirling. That’s 12:15pm on the 10th at the Alberts Hall. Finally, I have a reading/signing at Castle Hill Books in Richmond, North Yorkshire, on 17 September at 5pm.

And don’t forget to tune in to ITV at 9pm on Wednesday, 31 August for the first episode of series five of DCI Banks.

August News from Peter Robinson

When the musics over usThe book tour is over for now, and I would like to thank everyone who came out to the events, especially in the unusually hot weather. And a special thank you to the bookshop staff who organised and hosted the events.

Something must have worked, because this week When the Music’s Over is #1 on the official BookScan bestseller list, as published in the Sunday Times and other newspapers. Thanks to everyone who bought it, the booksellers who sold it and the team at Hodder & Stoughton who put untold hours into the preparation and promotion of the book.

Now it’s time to look forward to the U.S. edition, to be published by William Morrow on 9th August. And this time it has the same title as the U.K. edition! (Buy from Amazon UK,

See Peter Robinson on BBC Breakfast, Wednesday 20 July

Peter will be on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday 20 July, sometime after 8 am, discussing his new Inspector Banks novel When the Music’s Over. If you’re in the UK, tune your TV to BBC1 to hear him present the exciting new Banks story. Unfortunately, Breakfast isn’t available on the iPlayer, so you’ll have to catch the show live.

Update: Did you watch Peter on Breakfast this morning? He had a great time.

Peter breakfast