My life in books: Peter Lovesey
- Credit: Kim Hill
Honoured with the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, West Sussex-based crime writer Peter Lovesey started writing 50 years ago with his prize-winning Wobble to Death
The book I loved as a child
In the grey days of the 1940s, Richmal Crompton’s Just William gave me a colourful schoolboy rebel to delight in. I learnt a lot about disrespect from William and I realise now how much I learnt about storytelling from a brilliant author.
The book that inspired me as a teenager
I have always been an athletics fan and Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile was a magical moment. His First Four Minutes puts into elegant words the drama of that unforgettable May evening in 1954.
The book I’ve never finished
In an air-raid shelter in 1944, my reading of Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner was interrupted by a flying bomb that destroyed my house. Miraculously, we all survived, but I’ve never wanted to find out whether Eric and his gang found the thief who stole his money.
- 1 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 2 Win a picnic hamper from Booths
- 3 Win a 2 night beach stay at The Beachcroft Hotel in Sussex
- 4 WIN a stay at Hornington Manor's new shepherd huts
- 5 For sale: Yorkshire's dreamiest coastal view
- 6 WIN a holiday to the Isles of Scilly worth £1000
- 7 8 secluded secret beaches in North Devon
- 8 17 of the best things to do in Essex for free
- 9 Win a luxury break at The Draycott Hotel in Chelsea
- 10 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
The book that moved me most
The Initials in the Heart by Laurence Whistler is a love story – a true one – about the five short years of his marriage to Jill Furse. Recalling it brings a lump to my throat, but it is mainly an affirmation of joy.
The book I’m reading now
Howdunit, edited by Martin Edwards, is a 500-page masterclass in crime writing by members of the Detection Club, from GK Chesterton to Ian Rankin. There is always something new to learn about the craft of writing.
The Finisher, the latest in Peter Lovesey’s Peter Diamond series, about murder in the Bath half-marathon, is out now (Sphere, £20.99).