Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in
England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of
Punch, and since then earned his living writing fiction of
various kinds for children and adults. His books have been
published in several languages throughout the world.
The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was the first to win the Gold Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969). Dickinson was shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature and was the first author to win it twice.
Dickinson served as chairman of the Society of Authors and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature. Peter Dickinson died on December 16, 2015, at the age of eighty-eight.
"Read this tale carefully: It's a jewel." -The New York
"This is a bit crazy, suspenseful, surprising . . . altogether, not to be missed." -San Francisco Chronicle
"Confirms Dickinson as the best thing that has happened to serious, sophisticated, witty crime fiction." -The Sunday Times