Peter May was born in Glasgow. An award-winning journalist at 21, he left newspapers when his first novel was published in his mid-20s. After adapting it for the BBC, he went on to create three major drama series and accrued more than 1,000 credits during 15 high-octane years as scriptwriter, creator and script editor of prime-time British television drama.
Since quitting television to return to his first love, books, he has won multiple awards worldwide.
“The Blackhouse” – the first in his best-selling Lewis Trilogy – won the U.S. Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year and the French national CEZAM Prix Litteraire. The follow-up, “The Lewis Man” won the French daily newspaper Le Télégramme’s 10,000-euro Grand Prix des Lecteurs and the third in the trilogy “The Chessmen” won the Cognac Polar Prix International.
In 2014, Peter’s standalone, “Entry Island”, won both the Deanston’s Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and the UK’s ITV Bookclub Dagger Award for Best Read of the Year award.
He has now written more than twenty novels including two 6-part series: the China Thrillers and the Enzo Files.
Peter May lives in France.