Get a Signed First Edition Copy of Sleeping in the Ground

Peter was signing copies of Sleeping in the Ground today for Goldsoro Books, who is selling a limited number of signed first editions. Get yours now; they won’t last long.

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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.

Hear Peter Discuss Music in the DCI Banks Novels

Peter Robinson is the guest on this week’s episode of The Next Track podcast, where he discusses his use of music in the DCI Banks novels. Give it a listen to learn more about Peter’s musical favorites, and how he integrates music in the novels.

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.