Peter May's picture

Peter May

Scotland (b.1951)

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction, Thriller
Enzo Macleod Investigation
   1. Extraordinary People (2006)
     aka Dry Bones
   2. The Critic (2007)
     aka A Vintage Corpse
   3. Blacklight Blue (2008)
   4. Freeze Frame (2010)
   5. Blowback (2011)
   6. Cast Iron (2017)
   7. The Night Gate (2021)
Non fiction
   Hebrides (2015)
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2013) : The Blackhouse
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel winner (2014) : Entry Island
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Lewis Man

Peter May recommends
Finisterre (2016)
(Wars Within, book 1)
Graham Hurley
"So well written you can smell the sweat and taste the fear."
Cruel Mercy (2017)
(DS Aector McAvoy, book 6)
David Mark
"Mark writes badness beautifully."
Bloody January (2017)
(Harry McCoy, book 1)
Alan Parks
"1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood."

Visitors to this page also looked at these authors