It is a great honour that Peter James is Patron of our charity.
Peter James is the International best-selling crime author, New York Times bestseller and creator of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series selling more than 19m copies worldwide in 37 languages.
Peter, an established film producer, was educated at Charterhouse then at Ravensbourn film school. He has produced numerous films including 'The Merchant of Venice', starring Al Pacino. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community; Honorary Mastership of the Open University; is Patron of Neighbourhood Watch nationwide; Crimestoppers in Sussex; Brighton & Hove Samaritans; BHIMS; the Martlets Hospice and Relate amongst others. Peter has twice been Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel in 2012. In 2015 he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time, in 2016 he was awarded the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger Award, an award to mark sustained excellence and significant contributions to crime writing and in 2017 received the First Rheinbach Glass Dagger Award for Crime Fiction.