Peter Dickinson won the Gold Dagger award for Best Mystery of the year two years in a row: for his first novel, The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest (published by F&M as Skin Deep), and for his second, A Pride of Lions (published by F&M as The Old English Peep Show). As Edmund Crispin wrote at the time, “A Pride of Heroes confirms Peter Dickinson as the best thing that has happened to serious, sophisticated, witty crime fiction since Michael Innes.” Always fresh and surprising, Dickinson's novels are like nothing else out there.
Dickinson was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and spent his early years in Africa. He worked for many years at Punch magazine as an assistant editor, poet, and reviewer. He considers himself lucky to have been given the job, having arrived at his interview dirty and bloodstained from being hit by a bus on his way there. Dickinson began his writing career later in life, yet he has since published over fifty books for both adults and children. He lives in southern England.