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Reginald Hill - Author

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Reginald Hill was born in 1936 in Hartlepool in the North-East of England. At the time his father was a professional footballer playing for Hartlepool United, but Reg says he never took to the round ball game, much preferring rugby which actively encouraged the drinking of beer both before and after (and sometimes during) the game.

When he was three his family moved to Cumbria, where Reginald spent his entire childhood before going off to Oxford University and eventually becoming a teacher.

A teller of tales from his earliest years, Reg had his creative epiphany aged seven when he discovered people actually got paid for making things up. From that day on he was always certain that one day he would become a writer. He spent many years as a teacher in Yorkshire which provided the inspiration and setting for the novels featuring the Falstaffian figure of Andy Dalziel, Head of Mid Yorkshire CID. In 1970 his first book, A Clubbable Woman, was published by Collins and featured Dalziel and his more sensitive sidekick, Peter Pascoe. Hill was hailed as 'the crime novel's best hope' and, thirty years on, he has more than fulfilled that prophecy. The series of 20 books (and counting) featuring the ever-popular pair has have gone from strength to strength and been turned into a hugely successful BBC television series featuring Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan.

Reginald Hill has written over forty books in many genres, from historical novels to science fiction. His crime writing includes the series featuring the likeable redundant lathe operator turned PI from Luton, Joe Sixsmith (Singing the Sadness, Killing the Lawyers, Blood Sympathy and Born Guilty) and several thrillers under the pseudonym, Patrick Ruell (The Only Game, Death of a Dormouse etc.)

Hill has won many awards for his books and short stories. One of the most notable was the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for Bones and Silence. In 1995 he was further honoured by the Crime Writers' Association with their Cartier Diamond Dagger for his lifetime contribution to crime writing.
 

Reginald Hill currently resides in Cumbria with his wife Pat (whom he has known for over 50 years and been married to for over 40), along with their two Siamese cats and Golden Labrador. On winning the Diamond Dagger, Hill said he was delighted because it finally confirmed he had made the right career choice and now he could really get down to it. In his late sixties he still works hard but never forgets to leave time for smelling the flowers along the way. His pastimes include walking the Cumbrian hills, watching rugby, and drinking delicious Australian and New Zealand wine. Reginald Hill died in January 2012.

 

Author photograph © Tony Davis

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Other books by Reginald Hill

Singing the Sadness

Singing the Sadness

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/05/2017

Recalled to Life

Recalled to Life

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/04/2017

Pictures of Perfection

Pictures of Perfection

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/04/2017

Die letzte Stunde naht

Die letzte Stunde naht

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2017

Best of British Crime: der letzte Fall fur das unvergleichliche Ermittler-Duo Dalziel und PascoeNach seiner Rckkehr aus der Kur kehrt DCI Andy Dalziel an seine alte Wirkungssttte, das Mid-Yorkshire Police Department, zurck. Allerdings ist er offenbar noch nicht wieder ganz auf dem Damm: Auf dem Weg zur Arbeit mehren sich die Anzeichen, dass der vermeintliche Montag in Wirklichkeit ein Sonntag ist! Schockiert flchtet Dalziel zu innerer Einkehr und Sammlung in die Kathedrale von York, wo er von einer Frau angesprochen wird - Gina Wolfe. Sie ist Dalziel von seiner Haustr bis hierher gefolgt, ohne zu bemerken, dass wiederum sie von zwei zwielichtigen Typen verfolgt wird, die ihr nach dem Leben trachten. Und damit beginnt eine sonntgliche Tour de force, an deren Ende nicht nur ein Toter und eine schwer verletzte Polizistin stehen, sondern auch ein in seiner alten majesttischen Pracht wiederhergestellter Dalziel, fr den sich die Verkettung der Ereignisse als wahrer Jungbrunnen erweist. "e;Eine der besten Polizei-Serien berhaupt."e; Die Welt

Deadheads

Deadheads

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/12/2016

Deadheads

Deadheads

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/12/2016

A Pinch of Snuff

A Pinch of Snuff

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/09/2016

The Wood Beyond

The Wood Beyond

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/11/2015

On Beulah Height

On Beulah Height

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2015

On Beulah Height

On Beulah Height

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/11/2015

Pictures of Perfection

Pictures of Perfection

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/06/2015

Recalled to Life

Recalled to Life

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/06/2015

Singing the Sadness

Singing the Sadness

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/06/2015

Under World

Under World

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/05/2015

Child's Play

Child's Play

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/05/2015

Bones and Silence

Bones and Silence

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2015

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