Peter May

Peter May

Peter May has not only paved a successful career as a television writer, creator and producer, but is also a multi award-winning author. Scottish-born Peter was determined to become a novelist from a very early age, but took up a career as a journalist writing for the Scotsman and the Glasgow Evening Times. Peter's first novel, The Reporter, was published when he was 26 and went on to become a hit television series for the BBC.

Peter May's most famous works are undoubtedly The Lewis Trilogy, The China Thrillers and The Enzo Files. The first of The Lewis Trilogy, The Blackhouse, was published in France and Peter's novels are hugely popular with the French. The Blackhouse has gone on to be published all over Europe and became an international best-seller. In 2011, it was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club list. The Lewis Trilogy has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone and has been dubbed "one of the best crime series of recent years" by The Independent. Peter May continues to focus on writing best-selling novels from his lovely home in France.

Peter May

The Coffin Road

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it. A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before - a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery - a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why. A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance. Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth - and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

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Peter May talks exclusively to Richard and Judy

Richard and Judy spoke to Peter May about The Blackhouse for the Richard & Judy Club – exclusive to WHSmith. The first novel of The Lewis Trilogy revolves around Detective Inspector Fin Macleod and is set on the remote Isle of Lewis off the coast of northern Scotland. Peter explains how he lived on the island for five months a year for five years, so his evocative writing about island life comes from true experience. Fin, Peter says, grew up on the island but escaped to go to University and has never wished to return. However, a terrible murder on Lewis in the first chapter echoes a killing in Edinburgh, and – as he knows the island and its locals – Fin is the obvious man for the job. In the video, Peter explains why baby gannets are pivotal to the story, and how both Fin and the reader begin to discover characters on the island who are all related in some way to the final resolution of the book.

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