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Peter Dickinson

Peter Dickinson, who is perhaps best known for his children's books than for his mysteries, 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 Heroes (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 considered 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). He died in 2015.