Peter May Biography
Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at the age of 21, and had his first novel published at 26. He then left
journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. By the age of 30 he had created two major TV series, The Standard and Squadron, for the British television network, the BBC. He went on to
gather more than 1000 TV credits in fifteen years, creating and writing major
drama serials for both BBC and ITV in the UK: including the ground-breaking
Gaelic serial Machair, which he
Returning now to novels, the six novels in his outstanding China Thrillers series have won critical acclaim. To research the series, Peter May
makes annual trips to China. With an extraordinary network of contacts, he has
gained unprecedented access to the homicide and forensic science sections of
Beijing and Shanghai police forces and has made a painstaking study of the
methodology of Chinese detectives and pathologists.
As a mark of their respect for his work, The Chinese Crime Writers'
Association made him an honorary member of their Beijing Chapter. He is the
only Westerner to receive such an honor.
He won the French Literary Award, the Priz Intramuros for the French edition of
his China Thriller Snakehead, at the
2007 Cognac Literary Festival.
His next series of books, The Enzo
Files, is set in France. He started a new series in 2011 set on the Scottish Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, forty miles from the Scottish mainland.
He was inducted as a Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Dive Bouteille de Gaillac in December 2007 in recognition of his knowledge and support of the wines
He is married to writer Janice Hally and lives in France.
The Lewis Series to Date
The Blackhouse (2011 in UK, 2012 in USA)
The Lewis Man (2012 in UK)
The Chessmen (2013 in UK)
The Enzo Series (to date)
Dry Bones (originally titled Extraordinary People, 2006)
A Vintage Corpse (originally titled The Critic, 2007)
Blacklight Blue (2008)
Freeze Frame (2010).
Blow Back (2011)
The title changes for the first two books were explained to BookBrowse by Barbara Peters, Peter May's editor, as follows: "In line with the forensics in the seven-book Enzo series based on a wager that the Scottish scientist can solve seven cold cases presented in a book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin -- perhaps a ruffian himself -- we have retitled the first two books to fit the concept better. Thus 2006's Extraordinary People is now available in trade paperback as Dry Bones. The Critic is now A Vintage Corpse. Both are available under these titles while the older titles no longer are."
This biography was last updated on 10/14/2012.
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