Peter May


Crime novelist Peter May began his writing career in the 70s as a journalist for The Scotsman and Glasgow Times. Following the adage to “write what you know,” he wrote his first novel, The Reporter, adapted in the same year it was published as a TV drama series by the BBC. This led to a 15-year stint in prime-time television, writing and editing scripts for The Standard, Take the High Road and Squadron. He also worked as a producer for Machair—set against the stunning backdrop of the Isle of Lewis, which later served as the dramatic setting for his best-selling Lewis trilogy.

Peter has won numerous accolades in France and in the US, including the Prix Littéraire Cezam Inter-CE, Le Télégramme’s Prix des Lecteurs and the Barry Award for Best Novel in 2013. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and have sold more than 5 million books worldwide. In 2019, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Peter May on Viking.TV (1)