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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
A fast-moving, stunning new stand alone psychological thriller from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Brilliant writing, superb characterisation and all in all one of his absolute best yet.
Dalziel and Pascoe are watching what is supposedly a siege situation in a building flagged by the anti-terrorism unit. A suspect with a gun has been seen by a well-known incompetent PC. Dalziel decides to investigate closer and the building blows up. Ending up on life support in hospital, his chances of survival are very slim … and I’m not telling you if he lives or dies, suffice to say this is a real page-turner, gripping and un-put-downable.Comparison: Peter James, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson.
Dalziel and Pascoe are back and this is good, really good. Existing fans and new ones will love the quality of his writing.
A dual-time tale, absolutely fascinating, mixing three periods, the Tudors, the child migrant scheme to Australia and the present and it succeeds on all levels. Itâ€™s a mystery, a whodunit, a psychological thriller, a historical adventure, a ghost story and a lovely, lovely read, far superior to his normal Dalziel and Pascoe crime tales. In fact I believe itâ€™s the best thing heâ€™s written. Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Clare ClarkComparison: Robert Goddard, C J Sansom, David Hewson.
A stunning psychological thriller set in Cumbria past and present, from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series Things move slowly in the tiny Cumbrian village of Illthwaite, but all that's about to change. Post-grad Sam Flood and historian Miguel Mercado first meet at The Stranger House, Illwaithe's local inn. Sam is there to find information on her grandmother, who left four decades before, while Mig's research stretches back to the English Reformation, four centuries ago. The pair have nothing in common, yet their paths become increasingly entangled as they pursue their separate quests. Together they will discover who to trust and who to fear in this ancient village where the inhabitants are determined to keep the past buried.