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Peter Robinson - Author

About the Author

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada.  There are twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series – the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. Peter's recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.

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Featured books by Peter Robinson

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The Sunday Times NUMBER ONE bestsellerTwo young girls.Two unspeakable crimes.Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed ...

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead; his distorted body strewn across a disused railway track near his home. There's no sign of a struggle, and no concrete evidence except for one distinguishing package: GBP5,000 of cash, tucked inside the man's pocket. But when DCI Banks delves into Miller's past, he uncovers a troubled existence tarnished by accusations of abuse and misconduct which throws up an array of puzzling questions. What really occurred at the college where the victim used to teach? How was he embroiled in political activism at Essex University, over forty years ago? And what links him to an upstanding pillar of the community, who also harbours a dark secret from her past? One thing is clear: someone will stop at nothing - even murder - to prevent Banks from discovering the truth ...

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2013

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet ...

Before the Poison

Before the Poison

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2011

Through years of success in Hollywood composing music for Oscar-winning films, Chris Lowndes always imagined he would come full circle, home to Yorkshire with his beloved wife Laura. Now he's back in the Yorkshire Dales, but Laura is dead, and Chris needs to make a new life for himself. The isolated house he buys sight unseen should give him the space to come to terms with his grief and the quiet to allow him to work. Kilnsgate House turns out to be rather more than he expected, however. A man died there, sixty years ago. His wife was convicted of murder. And something is pulling Chris deeper and deeper into the story of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who was hanged by the neck until she was dead ...

Other books by Peter Robinson

Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Wednesday's Child is the sixth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Past Reason Hated. When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year old daughter Gemma away for tests . . . It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realizes something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet . . . Wednesday's Child is followed by the seventh book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dry Bones That Dream.

Past Reason Hated

Past Reason Hated

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Past Reason Hated is the fifth novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. A BRUTAL KILLING. NUMEROUS SUSPECTS. BANKS MUST UNCOVER THE TRUTH. It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realizes that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence . . . Past Reason Hated is followed by Wednesday's Child in the Inspector Banks series.

The Hanging Valley

The Hanging Valley

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King The Hanging Valley is the fourth novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. TWO MURDERS. A MISSING PERSON. A VILLAGE WITH A TERRIBLE SECRET. A faceless corpse is found in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead, the victim's identity deliberately obscured. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds that no-one is willing to talk. Banks's frustration only grows when he suspects his latest case might be connected with an unsolved murder and a missing local woman, which occurred in the same area five years ago. Among the silent suspects are the Collier brothers, the wealthiest and most powerful family in the area. When they start using their influence to slow down the investigation, Banks finds himself in a race against time . . . The Hanging Valley is followed by Past Reason Hated in the Inspector Banks series.

Pool and Waterside Gardens

Pool and Waterside Gardens

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2018

Peter Robinson examines in words and illustrations all aspects of pool and waterside gardening. He begins by considering the various design elements, follows with a considerable amount of practical information on construction techniques, and adds valuable advice on plant selection.

Aftermath

Aftermath

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2018

The Sunday Times bestseller, Aftermath, is the twelfth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Cold is the Grave. Number 35 The Hill is an ordinary house in an ordinary street. But it is about to become infamous. When two police constables are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene. A scene which leaves one of them dead and the other fighting for her life and career. The identity of a serial killer, the Chameleon, has finally been revealed. But his capture is only the beginning of a shocking investigation that will test Inspector Alan Banks to the absolute limit.

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

The twenty-fifth instalment of the Number One Bestselling DCI Banks series 'Robinson remains the master of the police procedural.' Mail on Sunday 'Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes.' Guardian A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity? As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2018

The twenty-fifth instalment of the Number One Bestselling DCI Banks series 'Robinson remains the master of the police procedural.' Mail on Sunday 'Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes.' Guardian ***** A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity? As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.

A Necessary End

A Necessary End

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King. A Necessary End is the third novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from A Dedicated Man. Peace destroyed. Lives in ruin. Banks must race to find the killer . . . Everyday life in Eastvale is shattered when a policeman is stabbed to death after an anti-nuclear demonstration turns violent. Superintendent `Dirty Dick' Burgess, Banks's nemesis, descends with vengeful fury on those he deems responsible. Inspector Banks is uneasy about Burgess's mishandling of the case, but despite being warned off he puts his career in jeopardy to continue his search for the truth, knowing if he is to keep his job, he must beat Burgess to the killer . . . A Necessary End is followed in the Inspector Banks series by The Hanging Valley.

Gallows View

Gallows View

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Gallows View is the first novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. NEW TOWN. NEW CASES. NEW DANGER. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently relocated with his family to the Yorkshire Dales from stressful London but soon finds that life in the countryside is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined. Three cases come to the fore: a voyeur is terrorizing the women of Eastvale. Two thugs are breaking into homes, and an old woman is dead, possibly murdered. As the tension mounts, Banks must also deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller, and when both Jenny and Banks's wife are drawn deeper into events Banks realizes that his cases are weaving closer and closer together . . . Gallows View is followed by A Dedicated Man in the Inspector Banks series.

A Dedicated Man

A Dedicated Man

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King. A Dedicated Man is the second novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Gallows View. A dead body. Hidden secrets. Banks will find the truth. The brutally murdered body of a supposedly well-liked local historian is found half-buried under a dry stone wall. But who would kill such a thoughtful, dedicated man? Young Sally Lumb, locked in her lover's arms on the night of the murder, tries to find the killer herself. But her good-intentions only leads to more danger. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called to investigate and soon discovers that disturbing secrets lie behind the seemingly untroubled facade . . . A Dedicated Man is followed in the Inspector Banks series by A Necessary End.

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

A terrible crime. No obvious motive. Banks is on the case. 'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery Deaver A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2017

The twenty fourth instalment in Peter Robinson's Number One Bestselling Banks Series. A terrible crime. No obvious motive. Banks is on the case. The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong. - Stephen King 'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery Deaver A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2017

This book examines the working lives, retirement plans, and old age experiences of three generations of gay men born 1924-86. It draws on data collected from interviews with 82 men in Australia, England, New Zealand, and USA. The first half of the book concentrates on the men's working lives, while the second half of the book explores the interviewees' concerns about old age and retirement. The author analyses the men's contrasting stories, highlighting key generational differences in their experience of being `out' in the workplace and the dominant work narratives which emerge in each age group. This important work will have cross-disciplinary appeal to scholars of sociology, gerontology, health sciences, gender, queer, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as practitioners.

When the Music's Over DCI Banks 23

When the Music's Over DCI Banks 23

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Two young girls. Two unspeakable crimes. Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them. When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The Sunday Times NUMBER ONE bestsellerTwo young girls.Two unspeakable crimes.Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed ...

Stanley Spencer Poems An Anthology

Stanley Spencer Poems An Anthology

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2017

The 2017 Cookham Festival's Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition invited poets to find inspiration for their own art in the work of this remarkable man. Stanley Spencer: an Anthology of Poems publishes a selection from the entries to the competition chosen by its judges, Jane Draycott, Carolyn Leder, and Peter Robinson. From this gathering, the shortlist of commended entries and the prize winners were then drawn. These carefully selected and sequenced poems are presented here in the company of appropriate images reflecting this painter's extraordinary life and works.

Collected Poems 1976-2016

Collected Poems 1976-2016

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2017

Collected Poems 1976-2016 gathers carefully chosen and reviewed texts from Peter Robinson's nine books of poetry, to which is added a newly completed tenth collection. They include his early experiments in northern social realism, and domestic interiors coloured by the experience of sexual violence, explored in the seven lyrics that form part two of This Other Life. Here are his dialogues with Italian poetry and culture, and unforeseen encounters with Japan, all in relation to the historical vicissitudes of his home country, and the landscapes in a much-revisited Liverpool. For the Small Mercies, published here for the first time, completes a triptych of books written since Robinson's return after nearly two decades of working in Kyoto and Sendai, a return that, coinciding with the global financial crisis and onset of austerity culture, provided occasions for further reflections on the economic motifs of his earliest poems. Peter Robinson was called 'the finest poet of his generation' with the publication of Overdrawn Account (1980), and This Other Life (1988) was awarded the Cheltenham Prize.He has also been the recipient of the John Florio Prize in 2008, and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Described by Adam Piette as 'the finest poet alive' on the basis of his 'astonishingly finely-tuned gauge for recording the pressures and processes that generate lived occasions', his work was characterized by Roy Fisher as like 'a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made.' Here, for the first time together, are a majority of those poems.

All the Colours of Darkness DCI Banks 18

All the Colours of Darkness DCI Banks 18

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2017

A man is found hanging in the wood, and DCI Alan Banks must delve into the superficially straightforward death to discover a murder that has its roots in post-war Berlin...

Friend of the Devil DCI Banks 17

Friend of the Devil DCI Banks 17

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2017

When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut one chilly March morning, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same Sunday morning, 19-year-old Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled in the Maze, a tangle of narrow alleys behind Eastvale's market square, after a drunken night on the town with a group of friends, and DCI Alan Banks is called in. Banks finds suspects galore, while Annie seems to hit a brick wall--until she reaches a breakthrough that spins her case in a shocking and surprising new direction, one that also involves Banks. Then another incident occurs in the Maze which seems to link the two cases in a bizarre and mysterious way. As Banks and Annie dig into the past to uncover the deeper connections, they find themselves also dealing with the emotional baggage and personal demons of their own relationship. And it soon becomes clear that there are two killers in their midst, and that at any moment either one might strike again.

Piece of My Heart DCI Banks 16

Piece of My Heart DCI Banks 16

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2017

As volunteers clean up after a huge outdoor rock concert in Yorkshire in 1969, they discover the body of a young woman wrapped in a sleeping bag. She has been brutally murdered. The detective assigned to the case, Stanley Chadwick, is a hard-headed, strait-laced veteran of the Second World War. He could not have less in common with - or less regard for - young, disrespectful, long-haired hippies, smoking marijuana and listening to the pulsing sounds of rock and roll. But he has a murder to solve, and it looks as if the victim was somehow associated with the up-and-coming psychedelic pastoral band the Mad Hatters. In the present, Inspector Alan Banks is investigating the murder of a freelance music journalist who was working on a feature about the Mad Hatters for MOJO magazine. This is not the first time that the Mad Hatters, now aging rock superstars, have been brushed by tragedy. Banks finds he has to delve into the past to find out exactly what hornets' nest the journalist inadvertently stirred up.

Strange Affair

Strange Affair

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

Strange Affair is the fifteenth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Playing With Fire. When Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London, to seek him out. But Roy seems to have vanished into thin air. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale, where a young woman has been found dead in her car. In the victim's pocket, scribbled on a slip of paper, police discover Banks' name and address. Living in Roy's empty South Kensington house, Banks finds himself digging into the life of the brother he never really knew, nor even liked. And as he begins to uncover a few troubling surprises, the two cases become sinisterly entwined . . . 'The Banks novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market' Stephen King

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

Playing With Fire is the fourteenth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from The Summer That Never Was. In the early hours of a cold January morning, two narrow boats catch fire on the dead-end stretch of the Eastvale canal. When signs of accelerant are found at the scene, DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are summoned. But by the time they arrive, only the smouldering wreckage is left, and human remains have been found on both boats. The evidence points towards a deliberate attack. But who was the intended victim? Was it Tina, the sixteen-year-old who had been living a drug-fuelled existence with her boyfriend? Or was it Tom, the mysterious, lonely artist? As Banks makes his enquiries, it appears that a number of people are acting suspiciously: the interfering 'lock-keeper', Tina's cold-hearted step-father, the wily local art dealer, even Tina's boyfriend . . . Then the arsonist strikes again, and Banks's powers of investigation are tested to the limit . . .

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2016

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry offers thirty-eight chapters of ground breaking research that form a collaborative guide to the many groupings and movements, the locations and styles, as well as concerns (aesthetic, political, cultural and ethical) that have helped shape contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland. The book's introduction offers an anthropological participant-observer approach to its variously conflicted subjects, while exploring the limits and openness of the contemporary as a shifting and never wholly knowable category. The five ensuing sections explore: a history of the period's poetic movements; its engagement with form, technique, and the other arts; its association with particular locations and places; its connection with, and difference from, poetry in other parts of the world; and its circling around such ethical issues as whether poetry can perform actions in the world, can atone, redress, or repair, and how its significance is inseparable from acts of evaluation in both poets and readers. Though the book is not structured to feature chapters on authors thought to be canonical, on the principle that contemporary writers are by definition not yet canonical, the volume contains commentary on many prominent poets, as well as finding space for its contributors' enthusiasms for numerous less familiar figures. It has been organized to be read from cover to cover as an ever deepening exploration of a complex field, to be read in one or more of its five thematically structured sections, or indeed to be read by picking out single chapters or discussions of poets that particularly interest its individual readers.

September in the Rain

September in the Rain

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2016

Dry Bones That Dream

Dry Bones That Dream

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Dry Bones That Dream is the seventh novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Wednesday's Child. It was 2.47 a.m. when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrived at the barn and saw the body of Keith Rothwell for the first time. Only hours earlier two masked men had walked the mild-mannered accountant out of his farmhouse and clinically blasted him with a shotgun. Clearly this is a professional hit - but Keith was hardly the sort of person to make deadly enemies. Or was he? For the police investigation soon raises more questions than answers. And who, exactly, is Robert Clavert? The more Banks scratches the surface, the more he wonders what lies beneath the veneer of the apparently happy Rothwell family. And when his old sparring partner Detective Superintendent Richard Burgess arrives from Scotland Yard, the case take yet another unexpected twist . . . Dry Bones That Dream is followed by the eighth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Innocent Graves.

Cold is the Grave

Cold is the Grave

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Cold is the Grave is the eleventh novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from In A Dry Season. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has reached a turning point. With his wife now living with another man in London and his career in the doldrums thanks to Chief Constable Riddle, it is time to ring the changes. Perhaps a move to the National Crime Squad? Perhaps a second chance with Sandra? But then late one night he is summoned to Riddle's house - and his plans take a surprising new turn. For the Chief Constable's sixteen-year-old daughter Emily has run away and for once Riddle wants Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find her without fuss.

Innocent Graves

Innocent Graves

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Innocent Graves is the eighth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Dry Bones That Dream. One foggy night, Deborah Harrison is found lying in the churchyard behind St Mary's, Eastvale. She has been strangled with the strap of her own school satchel. But Deborah was no typical sixteen-year old. Her father was a powerful financier who moved in the highest echelons of industry, defence and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own . . . With his colleague Detective Constable Susan Gay, Inspector Alan Banks moves along the many suspects, guilty of crimes large and small. And as he does so, plenty of sordid secrets and some deadly lies begin to emerge . . . Innocent Graves is followed by the ninth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dead Right.

When the Music's Over DCI Banks 23

When the Music's Over DCI Banks 23

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER In a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire, the body of a young girl is found, bruised and beaten, having apparently been thrown from a moving vehicle. While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a similar task - but the case Banks must investigate is as cold as they come. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it's Banks's first task as superintendent to find out the truth. While Annie struggles with a controversial case threatening to cause uproar in the local community, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence, and as each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

Making Water & Rock Gardens

Making Water & Rock Gardens

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Water running over rocks is a welcome element in any outdoor space, having the power to soothe or excite. Whether you want a small feature or a series of waterfalls, this practical guide provides a host of inspirational ideas for using water and rock in your garden. Step-by-step photographic sequences and cross-sectional artworks show how to build a range of features, including a Rock-edged Pool, a Wildlife Pool and free-standing features such as a Cobble Fountain or a Brimming Urn. Useful sections look at introducing fish into a pond, while a helpful chapter on care and maintenance explains how to keep your water and rock garden in top condition.

Good Partner

Good Partner

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

Innocence

Innocence

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

Operations Management in the Travel Industry

Operations Management in the Travel Industry

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2016

Covering the applied managerial perspective of the travel industry, this book looks at the core disciplines and the application of theory to practice. Considering individual and corporate social responsibility, it teaches effective managerial skills by reviewing legal frameworks, quality management and marketing, financial management, and the management of shareholders and stakeholders. It discusses current trends such as sustainability and governmental emission targets against a background of the needs of a commercial business to innovate and increase profits. A valuable tool for both students and those working in the travel industry, this new edition includes new content, a revised structure and all-new international case studies.

No Cure For Love

No Cure For Love

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Before you discovered DCI Banks, Dectective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson. As a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has dealt with every kind of stalker there is - and in 1990s Hollywood, he's not short of work. But when it comes to TV star Sarah Broughton, who has been receiving unsettling anonymous letters, even Arvo cannot find a pattern in this stalker's behaviour. The letters seemed harmless enough, until the actress discovers a mutilated body in the sand right outside her Malibu home. Certain that Sarah's stalker must have met her before, Arvo realises his only chance to catch the killer before he gets closer to Sarah is to delve into her past - but nothing is straightforward in this case, and the squeaky-clean star seems to be keeping all memories of a shady history locked away . . .

No Cure For Love

No Cure For Love

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Before you discovered DCI Banks, Dectective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson. As a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has dealt with every kind of stalker there is - and in 1990s Hollywood, he's not short of work. Tasked with finding out who has been sending unsettling anonymous letters to beautiful TV star Sarah Broughton, Arvo expects this case to be nothing out of the ordinary - until the actress discovers a strangely mutilated body left in the sand outside her beach house. Certain that Sarah's stalker must have met her before, Arvo realises his only chance to catch the killer before he gets closer to Sarah is to delve into her past. But nothing is straightforward in this case, and the squeaky-clean star seems to be keeping all memories of a shady history locked away . . .

Fan Mail

Fan Mail

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2016

No Cure For Love

No Cure For Love

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2015

Before you discovered DCI Banks, Detective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson. In 1990s Los Angeles, the beautiful star of a hit TV cop show is being sent strange letters. At first, Sarah Broughton dismisses the letters as the ramblings of a lonely fan. But when the letters take on a disturbing tone and Sarah discovers a body in the sand outside her Malibu beach house, the experts are brought in. Working as a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has seen it all before: stalkers, love obsessionals, erotomaniacs - willing to kill themselves and their supposed love objects over their devotion. He knows the language they use and the patterns they follow. But there is no pattern to follow here. Dealing with a highly unpredictable but extremely violent killer, Arvo feels certain Sarah's stalker must have met her before. But with the squeaky-clean star doing all she can to keep memories of a shady history locked away, Arvo must delve into her past himself.

Summer Rain

Summer Rain

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2015

A mystery from the past bursts in upon the present in this gripping Inspector Banks short story featuring an excerpt from Peter Robinsons new novel In the Dark Places (ThrillingLouise Penny). Acclaimed by Michael Connelly as a man for all seasons, Inspector Alan Banks is among the most beloved characters in contemporary fiction. And now Banks confronts one of the most puzzling cases of his career when a tourist claims that several decades earlier, in a previous life, he witnessed a murder committed nearby.Banks doesnt believe in the supernatural. Or superstition. But when evidence of a crime comes to light, he begins to wonder: How did this mysterious visitor know about a killing possibly committed before he was born?Ingenious, atmospheric, and poignant, Summer Rain is perfect for both longtime Peter Robinson fans and those who have yet to discover one of the worlds most popular mystery writers.

Buried Music

Buried Music

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Hearing Rilke quoted at the Co-op, an experience evoked in the title poem to Peter Robinson's latest collection, Buried Music, the poet continues his work of discovering poetry in everyday, anywhere places. It is as if, as Roy Fisher intuited, 'he carries a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made.' Prompted by varieties of losses - health, hopes, friends or relatives - his listening unearths a rhythmic contour from such opening cracks in the terrain. Buried Music finds poetry in its absence, presence in the place of what's missing. For those who have followed his trajectory, this new book offers a fresh opportunity to tune in to the work of what Poetry Review has called 'a major English poet', one according to The London Magazine, who is 'writing at the height of his powers' and producing, in the words of the selectors for the Poetry Book Society in 2012, 'his finest work to date.' For those new to his writing, this world is all before you.

DCI Banks: The First Three Novels

DCI Banks: The First Three Novels

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

The first three DCI Banks novels: Gallows View, A Dedicated Man and A Necessary End by Peter Robinson.Discover Detective Chief Inspector Bank's first three cases, when he moves to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis, but soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined . . .In Gallows View, the people of Eastvale are frightened. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered. In addition, Banks has to deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks's wife are drawn deeper into events, and disturbing secrets lie behind the apparently bucolic facade.In A Dedicated Man, the body of well-liked local historian Harry Steadman is found half-buried under a dry stone wall. But who would want to kill such a thoughtful, dedicated man? DCI Banks soon discovers that disturbing secrets lie behind the apparently bucolic facade.And in A Necessary End, a simmering tension in the town of Eastvale has now reached breaking point. An anti-nuclear demonstration has ended in violence, leaving one policeman stabbed to death. Though he is warned off the case, Banks realizes that the only way he can salvage his career is finding the killer first.

Illustrated Practical Guide to Water & Rock Gardening

Illustrated Practical Guide to Water & Rock Gardening

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2014

This book offers everything you need to know to design, construct and plant up a rock or water garden with directories of suitable plants and how to grow them. It includes inspirational plans of full-scale water and rock gardens, such as a slate rock pool, a rock stream, a cobble fountain, a raised pool and a wildlife pond. It features over 600 photographs including stunning examples of gardens, step-by-step sequences and plant portraits. It offers practical guidance on construction materials and techniques, an easy-to-use directory of water and rock plants, care and maintenance, and a guide to buying and introducing fish. Water is a welcome element in any garden, having the power to both soothe and excite. Combined with rock, it brings a whole new dimension to garden design. This book explains how to create beautiful rock pools, ponds, gravel gardens, wildlife pools and bog gardens, and shows how to use bridges, decking, stepping stones, islands and lighting. A plant directory provides information on waterlilies, deep-water aquatics, oxygenating and free-floating plants, as well as trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, ferns and alpines. Whether your dream is a simple rock-edged pool or a cobble fountain, this book is perfect for both beginners and ambitious gardeners.

The Summer That Never Was

The Summer That Never Was

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The Summer That Never Was is the thirteenth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Aftermath. A skeleton has been unearthed. Soon the body is identified, and the horrific discovery hits the headlines. Fourteen-year-old Graham Marshall went missing during his paper round in 1965. The police found no trace of him. His disappearance left his family shattered, and his best friend, Alan Banks, full of guilt. That friend has now become Chief Inspector Alan Banks, and he is determined to bring justice for Graham. But he soon realizes that in this case, the boundary between victim and perpetrator, between law-guardian and law-breaker, is becoming more and more blurred.

In A Dry Season

In A Dry Season

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

In A Dry Season is the tenth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Dead Right. During a blistering summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb's End - hidden from view for over 40 years. For a curious young boy this resurfaced hamlet is a magical playground . . . until he unearths a human skeleton. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is given the impossible task of identifying the victim - a woman who lived in a place that no longer exists, whose former residents are scattered to the winds. Anyone else might throw in the towel but Banks is determined to uncover the murky past buried beneath a flood of time . . . In A Dry Season is followed by the eleventh book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Cold is the Grave.

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2014

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry offers thirty-eight chapters of ground breaking research that form a collaborative guide to the many groupings and movements, the locations and styles, as well as concerns (aesthetic, political, cultural and ethical) that have helped shape contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland. The book's introduction offers an anthropological participant-observer approach to its variously conflicted subjects, while exploring the limits and openness of the contemporary as a shifting and never wholly knowable category. The five ensuing sections explore: a history of the period's poetic movements; its engagement with form, technique, and the other arts; its association with particular locations and places; its connection with, and difference from, poetry in other parts of the world; and its circling around such ethical issues as whether poetry can perform actions in the world, can atone, redress, or repair, and how its significance is inseparable from acts of evaluation in both poets and readers. Though the book is not structured to feature chapters on authors thought to be canonical, on the principle that contemporary writers are by definition not yet canonical, the volume contains commentary on many prominent poets, as well as finding space for its contributors' enthusiasms for numerous less familiar figures. It has been organized to be read from cover to cover as an ever deepening exploration of a complex field, to be read in one or more of its five thematically structured sections, or indeed to be read by picking out single chapters or discussions of poets that particularly interest its individual readers.

Not Safe After Dark And Other Works

Not Safe After Dark And Other Works

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2014

Not Safe After Dark is a complete collection of Peter Robinson's short crime tales including four stories featuring Inspector Banks, a private-eye story set in Florida, a romantic Parisian mystery, and the modern classic, `Innocence' - winner of the Crime Writer of Canada's Best Short Story Award. Whether writing pure detective fiction or heartbreaking noir, Peter Robinson is one of the crime world's finest stylists. This anthology explores our hidden paranoia, challenges all that we take for granted and lures us to new, exotic places, only to make us wish that we could run back home.

Dead Right

Dead Right

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2014

Dead Right is the ninth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Innocent Graves. The broken body of Jason Fox has been found in a dirty alleyway. At first it looks like a typical after-hours pub fight gone wrong. But Inspector Alan Banks soon realizes that the truth is rarely so straightforward . . . Jason was a member of the Albion League, a white power organization. And there are many people who might have wished him dead: the Pakistani youths he had insulted in the pub that evening; the shady friends of his business partner; or someone within the Albion League itself. And just as Banks begins to get a grip on the case, an unexpected discovery forces him to reconsider everything he believes . . . Dead Right is followed by the tenth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, In A Dry Season.

Inspector Banks 4-Book Bundle

Inspector Banks 4-Book Bundle

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2014

Set in Yorkshire, England, and featuring the much-loved Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his team at Homicide and Major Crimes, this psychologically tense, intricately plotted mystery series, by award-winning author Peter Robinson, has won over millions of fans worldwide. Bundled together for the first time, these four outstanding novels reveal why Robinson is considered one of the world's most successful living crime writers. In Aftermath, Banks and his team investigate a serial killer couple who prey on teenage girls. In Friend of the Devil, two violent crimes that occurred in separate locations, and an unusual episode in the life of one of Banks's colleagues, are expertly woven into a complex and compelling tale where the past comes back to haunt Banks. In Playing With Fire, the team investigates two fiery deaths on a couple of derelict barges, but the dangerous secrets they uncover threaten to engulf Banks's case. And, in Strange Affair, when Banks receives a disturbing telephone call from his brother, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London to search him out. But his sibling has vanished into thin air, and now Banks fears they have had their final conversation. What unfolds combines an enthralling murder story with a deeper investigation of Banks's past and his troubled relationship with his brother.

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead; his distorted body strewn across a disused railway track near his home. There's no sign of a struggle, and no concrete evidence except for one distinguishing package: GBP5,000 of cash, tucked inside the man's pocket. But when DCI Banks delves into Miller's past, he uncovers a troubled existence tarnished by accusations of abuse and misconduct which throws up an array of puzzling questions. What really occurred at the college where the victim used to teach? How was he embroiled in political activism at Essex University, over forty years ago? And what links him to an upstanding pillar of the community, who also harbours a dark secret from her past? One thing is clear: someone will stop at nothing - even murder - to prevent Banks from discovering the truth ...

Memory Lanes ... the Early Years

Memory Lanes ... the Early Years

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Secrets of Business Value Where your only asset is expertise

Secrets of Business Value Where your only asset is expertise

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2013

Are you delivering an expert service to your clients? This book is about you, the owner of a service business, and about you returning to your original motivation which drove you to engaging with a business of your own. Freedom, independence and the creation of lasting business value for you and your family, whether you stay or go. You will learn how to: develop the one thing that creates up to half your business value, build the intrinsic value of your business, survive the inevitable failure of your business model, prepare your business for exit, and see it grow significantly, describe the compelling uniqueness of your business, deliver what the client actually pays you for, use the Four Protocols for truly outstanding leadership.

Caedmon's Song

Caedmon's Song

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Peter Robinson's psychological thriller Caedmon's Song follows two characters and their mysterious connection. On a balmy June night, Kirsten, a young university student, strolls home through a silent moonlit park. Suddenly her tranquil mood is shattered as she is viciously attacked. When she awakes in hospital, she has no recollection of that brutal night. But then, slowly and painfully, details reveal themselves - dreams of two figures, one white and one black, hovering over her; wisps of a strange and haunting song; the unfamiliar texture of a rough and deadly hand . . . In another part of England, Martha Browne arrives in Whitby, posing as an author doing research for a book. But her research is of a particularly macabre variety. Who is she hunting with such deadly determination? And why?

Past Reason Hated

Past Reason Hated

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Past Reason Hated is the fifth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from The Hanging Valley. It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realizes that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence . . . Past Reason Hated is followed by the sixth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Wednesday's Child.

The Hanging Valley

The Hanging Valley

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

The Hanging Valley is the fourth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from A Necessary End. A faceless corpse is discovered in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds that no-one is willing to talk. Banks's frustration only grows when the identity of the body is revealed. For it seems that his latest case may be connected with an unsolved murder in the same area five years ago. Among the silent suspects are the Collier brothers, the wealthiest and most powerful family in the area. When they start using their influence to slow down the investigation, Banks finds himself in a race against time . . . The Hanging Valley is followed by the fifth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Past Reason Hated.

Tourism

Tourism

Author: Peter Robinson, Michael Luck, Stephen Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2013

Covering the fundamental topics in tourism studies this textbook for undergraduate students provides a thorough exploration of tourism as it is taught in higher education. Introducing tourism as an academic subject and guiding students through the early years of their tourism studies Tourism is relevant not just to tourism courses but also leisure, events, transport and travel, hospitality and business studies. Postgraduate students will also find it a valuable refresher to general tourism topics. The text is presented to reflect current teaching methods and provide an up-to-date perspective in an accessible way. Tourism begins by addressing tourism perspectives - defining tourism and setting it in a real-world business and economic context, before considering tourism people with a two-pronged approach - those employed in the tourism sector and travellers, visitors and holiday-makers who consume tourism products. Thereafter the operational elements of tourism are described in-depth: the infrastructure, facilities, legislation, financing, destination management and destination strategy that support tourism operations. Tourism development is the theme of the next section, introducing the concepts of planning, the role of organisations, tourism impacts, rural tourism, resources and sustainability. The book concludes with a discussion of tourism futures - tourism research, change, postmodernism and globalisation, and describes emerging tourism trends such as space tourism, virtual reality and the slow movement. Authored by established experts from North America, Europe and Australasia Tourism provides a truly international coverage of the subject, applicable to students in all geographic regions. Chapters have been laid out to guide students through the subject in a logical way and pedagogic features such as learning objectives, chapter introductions, chapter reviews, review questions and question-and-answer sections help to reinforce important concepts and aid learning. While informative features including case studies, figures, industry comments, career profiles and destination profiles provide a stimulating and enlightening insight into the current state of the tourism industry and those who work within it.

Tourism

Tourism

Author: Peter Robinson, Michael Luck, Stephen Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2013

Covering the fundamental topics in tourism studies this textbook for undergraduate students provides a thorough exploration of tourism as it is taught in higher education. Introducing tourism as an academic subject and guiding students through the early years of their tourism studies Tourism is relevant not just to tourism courses but also leisure, events, transport and travel, hospitality and business studies. Postgraduate students will also find it a valuable refresher to general tourism topics. The text is presented to reflect current teaching methods and provide an up-to-date perspective in an accessible way. Tourism begins by addressing tourism perspectives - defining tourism and setting it in a real-world business and economic context, before considering tourism people with a two-pronged approach - those employed in the tourism sector and travellers, visitors and holiday-makers who consume tourism products. Thereafter the operational elements of tourism are described in-depth: the infrastructure, facilities, legislation, financing, destination management and destination strategy that support tourism operations. Tourism development is the theme of the next section, introducing the concepts of planning, the role of organisations, tourism impacts, rural tourism, resources and sustainability. The book concludes with a discussion of tourism futures - tourism research, change, postmodernism and globalisation, and describes emerging tourism trends such as space tourism, virtual reality and the slow movement. Authored by established experts from North America, Europe and Australasia Tourism provides a truly international coverage of the subject, applicable to students in all geographic regions. Chapters have been laid out to guide students through the subject in a logical way and pedagogic features such as learning objectives, chapter introductions, chapter reviews, review questions and question-and-answer sections help to reinforce important concepts and aid learning. While informative features including case studies, figures, industry comments, career profiles and destination profiles provide a stimulating and enlightening insight into the current state of the tourism industry and those who work within it. Supporting supplementary material for instructors and students can be found at www.cabi.org/openresources/39762

A Dedicated Man

A Dedicated Man

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

A Dedicated Man is the second novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Gallows View. Near the village of Helmthorpe, Swainsdale, the body of a well-liked local historian is found half-buried under a dry stone wall. Harry Steadman has been brutally murdered. But who would want to kill such a thoughtful, dedicated man? Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called in to investigate and soon discovers that disturbing secrets lie behind the apparently bucolic facade. It is clear that young Sally Lumb, locked in her lover's arms on the night of the murder, knows more than she is letting on. And her knowledge could lead to danger . . . A Dedicated Man is followed by the third book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, A Necessary End.

Watching the Dark

Watching the Dark

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

One of the premier masters of modern British crime, New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson brings back Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot in a complex case involving corruption, a dead cop, and a missing girlWatching the Dark A decorated detective inspector is murdered on the tranquil grounds of the St. Peters Police Treatment Centre, shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is well aware that he must handle the highly sensitiveand dangerously explosiveinvestigation with the utmost discretion.Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team. Though he tries to keep an open mind and offer his full cooperation, the dedicated Banks and his practical investigative style clash with Passeros cool demeanor and by-the- book professionalism. All too soon, the seasoned detective finds himself under uncomfortable scrutiny, his methods second-guessed.As Banks digs deeper into the life and career of the victim, a decorated cop and recent widower named Bill Quinn, he comes to believe that Quinns murder may be linked to an unsolved missing persons case. Six years earlier, a pretty nineteen-year-old English girl named Rachel Hewitt made national headlines when she disappeared without a trace in Tallinn, Estonia. Convinced that finding the truth about Rachel will lead to Quinns killer, Banks follows a twisting trail of clues that lead from England to the dark, cobbled alleys of Tallinns Old Town. But the closer he seems to solving the complicated cold case, the more it becomes clear that someone doesnt want the past stirred up.While Banks prowls the streets of Tallinn, DI Annie Cabbot, recovered from her near-fatal shooting and back at the station in Eastvale, is investigating a migrant labor scam involving corrupt bureaucrats and a loan shark who feeds on the poor. As evidence in each investigation mounts, Banks realizes the two are linkedand that solving them may put even more lives, including his own, in jeopardy.

The Letters of Major General Price Davies VC, CB, CMG, DSO From Captain to Major General, 1914-18

The Letters of Major General Price Davies VC, CB, CMG, DSO From Captain to Major General, 1914-18

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

The new series of Spellmount Military Memoirs provides rare and sought-after texts for the collector of classic historical works, together with rigorously selected personal narratives never before in print - destined to become classics in their own right. Llewelyn Alberic Emilius Price-Davies was awarded the Victoria Cross when serving with the King's Royal Rifle Corps during the Second Boer War. He went on to serve as Divisional Corps liasion officer in 1914-15, his correspondence offers a rare insight into the changing face of the British Army at this time. In 1916 he took over the 113th Brigade, in a New Army Division 38th (Welsh). The first major test was on the Somme at Mametz Wood, where the divisional commander was sacked. He describes this famous fight and eventual capture of the wood in dramatic detail. Once again in the thick of the fighting at Pilckem Ridge in 1917 on the first day of Third Ypres, his letters show the importance of this battle's success. In 1918 he travelled to Italy, where his diaries reveal for the first time how the Allied Command functioned in this theatre. His constant correspondence with his brother-in-law Henry Wilson, the C.I.G.S., is a unique insight into British Army High Command and this legendary Field Marshal. This rare collection of letters offers a broad and detailed insight into the First World War that will fascinate any enthusiast.

Aftermath with Bonus Material

Aftermath with Bonus Material

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2012

For a limited time, and at a special price, discover Peter Robinson's Inspector Ian Bank's series with Aftermath. Plus, receive an excerpt from Peter Robinson's new book Watching the Dark, available January 2nd.One phone call from a concerned neighbor has inadvertently led police to Terence Payne, the elusive serial killer known only as "e;Chameleon."e; Now the fiend is in custody, perhaps dying, and a long nightmare appears to be over at last. But is it? In Acting Detective Superintendent Alan Banks's mind too many questions remain unanswered at the chamber of horrors the press will dub the "e;House of Payne."e; Because the darkness has not yet lifted, the casualties are still mounting...and there are still monsters loose in the world.

DCI Banks: Innocent Graves

DCI Banks: Innocent Graves

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Innocent Graves is the eighth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Dry Bones That Dream. One foggy night, Deborah Harrison is found lying in the churchyard behind St Mary's, Eastvale. She has been strangled with the strap of her own school satchel. But Deborah was no typical sixteen-year-old. Her father was a powerful financier who moved in the highest echelons of industry, defence and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own . . . With his colleague Detective Constable Susan Gray, Inspector Alan Banks moves among the many suspects, guilty of crimes large and small. And as he does so, plenty of sordid secrets and some deadly lies begin to emerge . . .

Bernard Spencer - Essays on His Poetry & Life

Bernard Spencer - Essays on His Poetry & Life

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2012

When Bernard Spencer died in September 1963, he left behind two collections of poetry and a volume of collaborative translations from George Seferis. The second of these collections, With Luck Lasting, has proved aptly entitled with the publications of a Collected Poems (1965) edited by Alan Ross, an enlarged edition from 1981 edited by Roger Bowen, and a Complete Poetry, Translations & Selected Prose (2011) edited by Peter Robinson. With Bernard Spencer: Essays on his Poetry & Life, Robinson now offers the first collection of writings dedicated to the poet. Coming out of a 2009 centenary conference at Special Collections in the University of Reading, where his archive is housed, these essays cover a great many aspects of Spencer's poetry, translations, and his relations with contemporary writers. The volume also contains an updated bibliography of primary and secondary materials, and forms an invaluable aid to approaching this distinctive voice in mid-twentieth-century poetry.

Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2012

Wednesday's Child is the sixth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Past Reason Hated. When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year old daughter Gemma away for tests . . . It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realizes something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet . . . Wednesday's Child is followed by the seventh book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dry Bones That Dream.

DCI Banks: Dry Bones That Dream

DCI Banks: Dry Bones That Dream

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2012

Dry Bones That Dream is the seventh novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Wednesday's Child. It was 2.47am when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrived at the barn and saw the body of Keith Rothwell for the first time. Only hours earlier two masked men had walked the mild-mannered accountant out of his farmhouse and clinically blasted him with a shotgun. Clearly this is a professional hit - but Keith was hardly the sort of person to make deadly enemies. Or was he? For the police investigation soon raises more questions than answers. And who, exactly, is Robert Calvert? The more Banks scratches the surface, the more he wonders what lies beneath the veneer of the apparently happy Rothwell family. And when his old sparring partner Detective Superintendent Richard Burgess arrives from Scotland Yard, the case takes yet another unexpected twist . . .

Tourism: The Key Concepts

Tourism: The Key Concepts

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Tourism: The Key Concepts offers a comprehensive collection of the most frequently used and studied concepts in the subject of tourism. Within the text key terms, concepts, typologies and frameworks are examined in the context of the broader social sciences, blending together theory and practice to explore the scope of the subject. Terms covered include: Ethical Tourism LGBT Tourism Hospitality Mobility Authenticity Quality Management Destination Management Geographies of Tourism Planning Sociology in Tourism Society and Culture Tourism Strategy Each entry contextualises, defines and debates the concept discussed, providing an excellent starting point for those studying tourism for the first time, and a quick reference for those who are more experienced. With case studies, examples and further reading throughout, this text will be invaluable for all undergraduate and postgraduate tourism students.

Tourism: The Key Concepts

Tourism: The Key Concepts

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2012

Tourism: The Key Concepts offers a comprehensive collection of the most frequently used and studied concepts in the subject of tourism. Within the text key terms, concepts, typologies and frameworks are examined in the context of the broader social sciences, blending together theory and practice to explore the scope of the subject. Terms covered include: Ethical Tourism LGBT Tourism Hospitality Mobility Authenticity Quality Management Destination Management Geographies of Tourism Planning Sociology in Tourism Society and Culture Tourism Strategy Each entry contextualises, defines and debates the concept discussed, providing an excellent starting point for those studying tourism for the first time, and a quick reference for those who are more experienced. With case studies, examples and further reading throughout, this text will be invaluable for all undergraduate and postgraduate tourism students.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2012

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition offers a user-friendly, authoritative survey of terms and constructs that are important to understanding research in second language acquisition (SLA) and its applications. The Encyclopedia is designed for use as a reference tool by students, researchers, teachers and professionals with an interest in SLA. The Encyclopedia has the following features: * 252 alphabetized entries written in an accessible style, including cross references to other related entries in the Encyclopedia and suggestions for further reading * Among these, 9 survey entries that cover the foundational areas of SLA in detail: Development in SLA, Discourse and Pragmatics in SLA, Individual Differences in SLA, Instructed SLA, Language and the Lexicon in SLA, Measuring and Researching SLA, Psycholingustics of SLA, Social and Sociocultural Approaches to SLA, Theoretical Constructs in SLA. * The rest of the entries cover all the major subdisciplines, methodologies and concepts of SLA, from Accommodation to the ZISA project. Written by an international team of specialists, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition is an invaluable resource for students and researchers with an academic interest in SLA.

Before the Poison

Before the Poison

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2012

Chris Lowndes built a comfortable career composing scores for films in Hollywood. But after twenty-five years abroad, and still quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, he decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth. To ease the move, he buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion deep in the country. Although Chris finds Kilnsgate charming, something about the house disturbs him, a vague sensation that the long-empty rooms have been waiting for himfeelings made ever stronger when he learns that the house was the scene of a murder more than fifty years before. The former owner, a prominent doctor named Ernest Arthur Fox, was supposedly poisoned by his beautiful and much younger wife, Grace. Arrested and brought to trial, Grace was found guilty and hanged for the crime.His curiosity piqued, Chris talks to the locals and searches through archives for information about the case. But the more he discovers, the more convinced he becomes that Grace may have been innocent. Ignoring warnings to leave it alone, he sets out to discover what really happened over half a century agoa quest that takes him deep into the past and into a web of secrets that lie all too close to the present.

A Mutual Friend Poems for Charles Dickens

A Mutual Friend Poems for Charles Dickens

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

In celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Two Rivers Press with the English Association present an anthology of new poems by contemporary writers responding to the life and work of this most enduringly popular of novelists. Prompted by incidents from his life, the characters and plots of his novels, or their afterlife in other arts and cultural memory, these poems offer a series of intimate glimpses into Dickens's place in the current poetic imagination. Edited by award-winning poet and translator Peter Robinson, with an introduction by Adrian Poole, the anthology includes contributions from more than fifty poets, among them Moniza Alvi, Robyn Bolam, Alison Brackenbury, Fred D'Aguiar, Gerald Dawe, Maura Dooley, Ian Duhig, Elaine Feinstein, John Fuller, Philip Gross, John Hegley, Angela Leighton, Jamie McKendrick, Paul Muldoon, Sean O'Brien, Deryn Rees-Jones, Peter Riley, Carol Rumens, Elizabeth Smither, C. K. Stead, George Szirtes and Jeffrey Wainwright. Beautifully designed in the best tradition of Two Rivers Press, the cover shows an image of the Mechanics' Institute, Reading, now the Great Expectations Hotel & Bar, where Dickens himself visited and read.

Before the Poison

Before the Poison

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2012

The Number One bestseller and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Besy Novel After years of Hollywood success composer Chris Lowndes wanted only one thing: to take his beloved wife home to the Yorkshire Dales. But Laura is gone, and Chris is on his own. He welcomes the isolation of Kilnsgate House, and the beauty of the dale. And it doesn't surprise him that a man died there, sixty years ago. That his wife was convicted of murder. That something is pulling him deeper and deeper into the story of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who was hanged by the neck until she was dead . . .

The Returning Sky

The Returning Sky

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2012

Peter Robinson's new collection, The Returning Sky, carefully sequences the poems written over the four years from the time he left Japan and returned to England, through the global financial crisis, and into our current austerity culture. Opening with a sequence inspired by an unexpected visit to the United States, The Returning Sky then explores experiences of repatriation with the vividness and freshness of a reverse culture shock. The book takes up the inextricably financial, cultural, and emotional themes that Robinson had first scouted in collections from the years before his long economic exile, while his evocatively inventive forms invite new readers to follow his traces with the same warmth and candour he shows to his returning ones.

DCI Banks: Cold is the Grave

DCI Banks: Cold is the Grave

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2011

Cold is the Grave is the eleventh novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from In A Dry Season. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has reached a turning point. With his wife now living with another man in London and his career in the doldrums thanks to Chief Constable Riddle, it is time to ring the changes. Perhaps a move to the National Crime Squad? Perhaps a second chance with Sandra? But then late one night he is summoned to Riddle's house - and his plans take a surprising new turn. For the Chief Constable's sixteen-year-old daughter Emily has run away and for once Riddle wants Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find her without fuss.

Second Language Task Complexity Researching the Cognition Hypothesis of language learning and performance

Second Language Task Complexity Researching the Cognition Hypothesis of language learning and performance

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2011

Understanding how task complexity affects second language learning, interaction and spoken and written performance is essential to informed decisions about task design and sequencing in TBLT programs. The chapters in this volume all examine evidence for claims of the Cognition Hypothesis that complex tasks should promote greater accuracy and complexity of speech and writing, as well as more interaction, and learning of information provided in the input to task performance, than simpler tasks. Implications are drawn concerning the basic pedagogic claim of the Cognition Hypothesis, that tasks should be sequenced for learners from simple to complex during syllabus design. Containing theoretical discussion of the Cognition Hypothesis, and cutting-edge empirical studies of the effects of task complexity on second language learning and performance, this book will be important reading for language teachers, graduate students and researchers in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and cognitive and educational psychology.

DCI Banks: Playing With Fire

DCI Banks: Playing With Fire

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2011

Playing With Fire is the fourteenth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from The Summer That Never Was. In the early hours of a cold January morning, two narrow boats catch fire on the dead-end stretch of the Eastvale canal. When signs of accelerant are found at the scene, DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are summoned. But by the time they arrive, only the smouldering wreckage is left, and human remains have been found on both boats. The evidence points towards a deliberate attack. But who was the intended victim? Was it Tina, the sixteen-year-old who had been living a drug-fuelled existence with her boyfriend? Or was it Tom, the mysterious, lonely artist? As Banks makes his enquiries, it appears that a number of people are acting suspiciously: the interfering 'lock-keeper', Tina's cold-hearted step-father, the wily local art dealer, even Tina's boyfriend . . . Then the arsonist strikes again, and Banks's powers of investigation are tested to the limit . .

Before the Poison

Before the Poison

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/08/2011

Through years of success in Hollywood composing music for Oscar-winning films, Chris Lowndes always imagined he would come full circle, home to Yorkshire with his beloved wife Laura. Now he's back in the Yorkshire Dales, but Laura is dead, and Chris needs to make a new life for himself. The isolated house he buys sight unseen should give him the space to come to terms with his grief and the quiet to allow him to work. Kilnsgate House turns out to be rather more than he expected, however. A man died there, sixty years ago. His wife was convicted of murder. And something is pulling Chris deeper and deeper into the story of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who was hanged by the neck until she was dead . . .

Task-Based Language Learning

Task-Based Language Learning

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2011

This volume contains papers addressing issues in task-based research into second language learning which are essential to informed pedagogic decision-making about how best to achieve this aim. These issues include research into the design characteristics of pedagogic tasks that promote the accuracy, fluency and complexity of learner language; the role of individual differences in the motivational and other cognitive variables that demands made by pedagogic tasks draw on; the extent to which tasks, and teacher interventions during task performance, promote the quantity and quality of interaction that facilitate L2 learning; and the generalizability of task-based research in laboratory contexts to classroom settings.

Bad Boy DCI Banks 19

Bad Boy DCI Banks 19

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/08/2010

When Juliet Doyle discovers a gun in her daughter's bedroom, she turns to old friend DCI Alan Banks for advice. But Banks is taking a much-needed holiday, and it's left to DI Annie Cabbot to deal with the removal of the firearm. No one could have foreseen the operation's disastrous consequences, or that the Doyles would not be the only family affected. Tracy Banks has fallen for the wrong boy. Her flatmate's boyfriend is good-looking, ambitious, and surrounded by an intoxicating air of mystery. He's also very dangerous. When Tracy warns him that the police might be on his tail, he persuades her to go on the run with him, and flattered by his attention, she agrees. Before she knows it, a deadly chase across the country is set in motion. And on his return, completely unsuspecting of his daughter's precarious situation, Banks is plunged into his most terrifying, and personal case yet.

An Unofficial Roy Fisher

An Unofficial Roy Fisher

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2010

Published to coincide with the poet's eightieth birthday, An Unofficial Roy Fisher is a showcase for the work of this extraordinary contemporary British poet. It begins with graphic work by Ronald King and Ian Tyson, and then an unofficial gathering of poems and prose pieces covering the writer's entire career, none of which are to be found in The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2005, his most recent collected edition. This is followed by a poet's poets' anthology of works by Fisher's extensive international following among significant contemporaries and juniors, including Fleur Adcock, Peter Didsbury, Laurie Duggan, August Kleinzahler, R.F. Langley, Angela Leighton, John Matthias, Tom Raworth and John Wilkinson. This is followed by a group of informal essays and other prose comments on working with Fisher or Fisher's work by, among others, Charles Lock, Peter Makin, Ralph Pite, Richard Price, and David Wheatley. Finally, Derek Slade, the poet's devoted bibliographer, provides a memoir of his tireless researches and a checklist covering the decade since the most recent version of his exemplary guide, published in The Thing about Roy Fisher: Critical Studies ed. John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson (2000). All in all, An Unofficial Roy Fisher is a must-have for the poet's fans, new and old, with its sequence of intriguing insights into the oeuvre and abiding significance of this unique literary artist.

The Price of Love including an original DCI Banks novella

The Price of Love including an original DCI Banks novella

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2010

When DCI Alan Banks arrived in Eastvale his life was every bit as much of a mess as it is now. But he is holding an envelope that could change everything he understood about the events that sent him north twenty years ago. Walking again the narrow alleys and backstreets of his mind, he remembers the seedy Soho nights of his last case - dubious businessmen in dodgy clubs, young girls on the game. And a killer on the loose. In addition to the brand new novella that fills in the gaps in Banks's life before Yorkshire, Peter Robinson gives us ten more brilliant and eclectic stories that have never before been published in the UK. The Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle finds that murder may be just another game of risk. Is a suitcase of cash worth a man's head on a plate? And tragedy leads a young boy to learn the price of love . . .

Plants for Ponds, Rock and Water Features

Plants for Ponds, Rock and Water Features

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2009

This work offers practical advice on planning, planting and maintaining rock and water gardens including more than 300 stunning photographs. It includes: everything you need to know to design, plan and plant a unique rock and water garden; detailed garden illustrations highlight the best plant selection to complement your chosen feature; at-a-glance lists of plants and materials required to create all kinds of rock and water gardens; clear practical advice on planting techniques, propagation and dealing with pests and diseases; and, a comprehensive plant directory includes all the major plant groups from free-floating, oxygenating and moisture-loving plants to ornamental grasses, trees, shrubs and alpines. This illustrated book shows how choosing the right plants can turn the simplest pond into a dramatic statement in any garden and is perfect for the beginner as well as for the more experienced gardener. A section on rock and water design contains plans showing different garden ideas. Each garden plan includes a detailed list of suitable plants to complement your chosen feature. There is also clear advice on planting techniques, propagation and dealing with pests. A plant directory looks at all of the main plant groups, with entries arranged alphabetically within each category and clear descriptions of each plant.

Poetry & Translation The Art of the Impossible

Poetry & Translation The Art of the Impossible

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2009

In Poetry & Translation the acclaimed poet and translator Peter Robinson examines the activity as of translation practised by poets and others, and how the various practices of translating have continued in parallel with the writing of original poetry. So, while some attention is paid to classic statements of the translator's cultural role, statements such as Walter Benjamin's, readers should not expect to find formalized theoretical debate along the lines already developed in translation studies courses and their teaching handbooks. Instead Poetry & Translation seeks to raise issues and matters for discussion - the character of bilingual editions and how they are, or may be, read - not to close them down. The aim of the book is be to increase knowledge of, and thought about, the interactive processes of reading and writing poetry composed in mother tongues and in translations. Poetry & Translation will be of value to all devoted readers and students of poetry or translation, to students involved in classical and modern languages, and to those taking part in creative writing courses, whether as students or as teachers.

Spirits of the Stair Selected Aphorisms

Spirits of the Stair Selected Aphorisms

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2009

When Peter Robinson published Untitled Deeds in 2004, a number of his readers expressed surprise that the writer who, as early as 1983, had been described as 'the finest poet of his generation' in PN Review and, two decades later in The Reader , 'the finest poet alive', should suddenly emerge from his exile in Japan as an aphorist. What had happened? While the Western world was declaring war on an abstraction, Robinson had been drawing up peace terms with a host of them. Finding weapons of mass destruction in the speechifying of politicians, and the toxicity of pension plan promises, feeling chilled by global warming, and hot under the collar, the poet found no other respite than to reach for his notebooks. What came from them were wrung-out dishcloths and acupuncturists' needles, sound bites that chew on what they eschew, salves for old saws, and less-is-more morsels which were promptly anthologized in The Boodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations (2006) and Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (2007). Now, five years further, in Spirits of the Stair: Selected Aphorisms , Robinson's enlarged and extended reflections look out on the world and see a wounded head bandaged in clouds. These words that didn't come to mind when occasion demanded, words that were the right thing to say when the moment had passed, now reach us with a timely lateness that appears, for all that, to be just what we were waiting for.

Price of Love and Other Stories

Price of Love and Other Stories

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novelsEver since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest. In the novella "e;Going Back,"e; never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In "e;Like a Virgin,"e; written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.Edgy and smart, thrilling and suspenseful, this remarkable collection is a must-have for Robinson fansand any fan of compelling crime fiction.

Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Magic of Your Touch: A Story From &quote;The Price of Love and Other Stories&quote;

Magic of Your Touch: A Story From "e;The Price of Love and Other Stories"e;

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Price of Love

Price of Love

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Shadows on the Water

Shadows on the Water

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Walking the Dog

Walking the Dog

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Cherub Affair

Cherub Affair

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Birthday Dance

Birthday Dance

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Cornelius Jubb

Cornelius Jubb

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle

Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Ferryman's Beautiful Daughter

Ferryman's Beautiful Daughter

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

Going Back

Going Back

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2009

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novels.Ever since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked, The Price of Love and Other Stories includes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella Going Back, never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In Like a Virgin, written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.

The Price of Love including an original DCI Banks novella

The Price of Love including an original DCI Banks novella

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2009

Chief Inspector Banks is back - in an original tale that makes up part of a new crime collection of seven short stories by Peter Robinson, never published in the UK before. With settings ranging from the Pacific Northwest in the Sixties to the Yorkshire of the Second World War and present-day Toronto to Eastvale at Christmas, these stories feature hippies, policemen and models, little girls dancing ballet, PIs and soldiers. Atmospheric, character-driven suspense, these are bite-sized chunks of gold-standard Robinson

All the Colors of Darkness

All the Colors of Darkness

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2009

The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market.Stephen KingPeter Robinson is one of the very best in the crime fiction businessa teller of dark police tales who stands firmly in the bestseller ranks alongside Ian Rankin and Elizabeth George. In All the Colors of Darkness, the maestro whose masterworks Janet Maslin of the New York Times compares to the masculine, brooding work of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, George Pelecanos, and Jonathan Kellerman, brings back his unforgettable series characters Yorkshire Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot. A gripping story with echoes of Shakespeares Othello set in our contemporary age of terrorist fears, All the Colors of Darkness supports the Miami Heralds contention that its a crime if you miss [this] author.

The Changing World of Gay Men

The Changing World of Gay Men

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2008

This ground-breaking book explores the experiences of gay men and their understanding of what it meant to be gay in the 20th Century: from when homosexuality was illegal though the less repressed but no less difficult eras of gay liberation and the HIV-AIDS epidemic.

Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2008

This cutting-edge volume describes the implications of Cognitive Linguistics for the study of second language acquisition (SLA). The first two sections identify theoretical and empirical strands of Cognitive Linguistics, presenting them as a coherent whole. The third section discusses the relevance of Cognitive Linguistics to SLA and defines a research agenda linking these fields with implications for language instruction. Its comprehensive range and tutorial-style chapters make this handbook a valuable resource for students and researchers alike.

Friend of the Devil

Friend of the Devil

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2008

Two murders . . . two towns . . . two determined cops . . .One morning in March, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, a woman named Karen Drew is found in her wheelchair with her throat slit. Back in Eastvale on that same morning, in a tangle of narrow alleys behind a market square, the body of Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled. On loan to a sister precinct, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot draws the first case, but she turns up nothing in Karen Drew's past that might have prompted someone to kill her. Meanwhile, in the Hayley Daniels murder, Chief Inspector Alan Banks has suspects galore. Then a breakthrough spins Annie's case in a shocking and surprising new direction, straight toward Banks. Together they must search for two killers who could strike again at any moment, with bloody fury.

Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2008

This cutting-edge volume describes the implications of Cognitive Linguistics for the study of second language acquisition (SLA). The first two sections identify theoretical and empirical strands of Cognitive Linguistics, presenting them as a coherent whole. The third section discusses the relevance of Cognitive Linguistics to SLA and defines a research agenda linking these fields with implications for language instruction. Its comprehensive range and tutorial-style chapters make this handbook a valuable resource for students and researchers alike.

The Look of Goodbye

The Look of Goodbye

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2008

The Look of Goodbye contains Peter Robinson's poetry from his last half dozen years living and working in Sendai and Kyoto. Difficulties associated with having your heart in Europe and your life in Japan are explored across the shadowy terrains of a world grown decidedly more at risk, dangerous, and violent. The stays of love, friendship, family, place, and memory are tested by death, loss, and displacement; yet Robinson's poetry celebrates all that it can by means of the poet's rhythm, formal dexterity, and his eye for the energized processes of landscape and atmosphere. Composed at the same time as their author began to write and publish aphorisms, these poems show Robinson extending his range of subjects and developing the fresh directness with which he treats them. While bidding farewell to his Japanese years, The Look of Goodbye is as welcoming of readers, new and returning, as ever.

The Changing World of Gay Men

The Changing World of Gay Men

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

This ground-breaking book explores the experiences of gay men and their understanding of what it meant to be gay in the 20th Century: from when homosexuality was illegal though the less repressed but no less difficult eras of gay liberation and the HIV-AIDS epidemic.

A Girl Called Kylie

A Girl Called Kylie

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2007

Talk About Poetry Conversations on the Art

Talk About Poetry Conversations on the Art

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2006

Talk about Poetry is made up of twelve interviews, conducted over the last decade or so for hard-to-find print and internet journals, in which Peter Robinson discusses such subjects as poetry and sexual violence, the balkanization of the art and ways to resist it, the techniques of poetry and how they engage with the circumstances of life, and the connections between his own poetry, literary criticism, translations, aphoristic writings, and ancillary work. He recalls the editing of Perfect Bound and Numbers, and the organization of the Cambridge Poetry Festival; he responds to criticism, praises fellow writers, has his doubts about some questions put to him, and much more besides. Talk about Poetry is not only a companion volume to The Salt Companion to Peter Robinson, published in June 2006, but also a reliably open-minded guide through the forest of poetry during the last thirty years. Peter Robinson was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953 and grew up mainly in Liverpool. He has degrees from the universities of York and Cambridge, and since 1989 has been a professor of English literature in Japan, at present in Kyoto where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He was described as 'the finest poet of his generation' as early as 1983, and has since established an international reputation in many of the fields associated with modern and contemporary poetry. His many publications include Poetry, Poets, Readers: Making Things Happen (2002), Selected Poems (2003), the aphorisms and prose-poems Untitled Deeds (2004), and Twentieth Century Poetry: Selves and Situations (2005). In 2006 he has published two books of poems, Ghost Characters (Shoestring Press) and There are Avenues (Brodie Press), and two translations, The Greener Meadow: Selected Poems of Luciano Erba (Princeton) and, with Marcus Perryman, Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni (Chicago).

Mairi MacInnes A Tribute

Mairi MacInnes A Tribute

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2004

Twentieth Century Poetry Selves and Situations

Twentieth Century Poetry Selves and Situations

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2004

Peter Robinson's third book of literary criticism presents a sequence of chapters exploring ways that selves and situations interact and become imaginatively identified with each other in poems. Readings of works by Ezra Pound, Basil Bunting, Louis MacNeice, W. S. Graham, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Curnow, Charles Tomlinson, Mairi MacInnes, Tom Raworth, and Roy Fisher share an interest in how poems can be both attached to, and detached from, the culture, society, and conditions in which they were written. These studies draw out and underline both the ubiquity and elusiveness of the self in the situation of the text. The poems studied here are also discussed as focal points for relations between readerly and writerly selves and their situations in and over time.

The Tribunal

The Tribunal

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2004

How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life

How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life

Author: Peter Robinson Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2004

On February 6, 2001, my nine-year-old daughter happened to wander into the room during a television segment marking Ronald Reagan's ninetieth birthday. She watched for a moment. Then she turned to me and asked, "e;Dad, is that the President you worked for?"e;What answer could I give her? How could I make her see? I wanted my daughter to recognize that the world she inhabited was freer and more prosperous because of that old, old man on television. But I also wanted her to grasp my personal debt to him, to understand all that he taught me-how to work and how to relax, how to think and how to use words, how to be a good husband, how to approach life itself...I needed to tell my children how Ronald Reagan changed my life.In 1982, as a young man, Peter Robinson was hired as a speechwriter in the Reagan White House. During the six years that followed, he was one of a core group of writers who became informal experts on Reagan, absorbing not just his political positions but his personality, manner, and way of carrying himself And the example Reagan set-as a confident, passionate, principled, generous-spirited older man-molded Robinson's outlook just as he was coming into his own. "e;Hard work. A good marriage. A certain lightness of touch,"e; he writes. "e;The longer I studied Ronald Reagan, the more lessons I learned."e;At the core of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life are ten of the life lessons Robinson learned from the fortieth President-principles that have guided his own life ever since. But it also offers a warm and unforgettable portrait of a great yet ordinary man who touched the individuals around him as surely as he did his millions of admirers around the world.Drawing on journal entries from his days at the White House, as well as interviews with those who knew the President best, Robinson etches his portrait with fresh observations, telling detail, and that "e;certain lightness of touch"e; that recalls the master himself The result is nothing less than a love story-an account of the profound respect and affection that one young man came to feel for the President who changed his life forever.

The Great Friend

The Great Friend

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2002

This collection chronicles Peter Robinson's sustained commitment to 20th-century Italian poetry, but also includes selections from his early involvement with Pierre Reverdy's work and more recent readings of Noriko Ibaragi and Ingeborg Bachmann.

Cambridge Applied Linguistics Cognition and Second Language Instruction

Cambridge Applied Linguistics Cognition and Second Language Instruction

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2001

The influence of cognitive processing on second language acquisition (SLA), and on the development of second language (SL) instruction, has always been a subject of major interest to both SLA researchers and those involved in SL pedagogy. Recent theoretical research into SLA and SL pedagogy has shown renewed interest in the role of cognitive variables such as attention, short, working, and long term memory, and automaticity of language processing. This volume first examines the theoretical foundations of research into the cognitive processes underlying SLA, and then describes various implications for pedagogically oriented research and for SL classroom practice. The blend of research from the cognitive sciences and applied linguistics make it an excellent introduction to applied linguists and language teachers interested in the psycholinguistic processes underlying SLA.

Poetry, Poets, Readers Making Things Happen

Poetry, Poets, Readers Making Things Happen

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2001

Poetry, Poets, Readers is a defence of poetry against the protective moves which claim that poets never lie because they never affirm, or that their poems exist in a separate 'world'. These much re-iterated manoeuvres for safe-guarding poetry by banishing it from an active role in life can paradoxically go hand in hand with a poet's yearning for the authority of a legislator. Through detailed considerations of poetry by Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats, Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, and Paul Muldoon, along with sustained meditations on question forms in poems, the role of fact in fictions, the nature of literary value, speech acts and performative utterances issued by poets, the book sets out a fresh model for relationships between poetry, poets, and readers - one which allows the historical fact of poems having made things happen to be itself happening. Peter Robinson, himself an award-winning poet, explores what we do by imagining when we read or write poems. In describing how poetry, poets, and readers make things happen the poet offers us an invitation and implies a promise. Taking up the one, we find out how to keep the other.

About Time Too

About Time Too

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2001

The book contains poems about the pleasures and difficulties of late parenthood; about what happens to the life you have left behind when your life changes; about ways in which the coloring of the past is altered by the unexpected course events take in the present; and about the ways in which distances of time and place can be overcome by memory and imagination.

Contemporary Climatology

Contemporary Climatology

Author: Peter Robinson, Ann Henderson-Sellers, P. J. Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/1999

Now in its second edition,Climatology continues to provide an up-to-date stimulating and comprehensive guide to the nature of the earth's climate. It presents a synthesis of contemporary scientific ideas about atmospheric circulation. Topics covered include: -Energy systems-The hydrological cycle-General circulation, local and regional climate-Application of climate information-Use of satellite observations

Reading Poetry An Anthology

Reading Poetry An Anthology

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1999

In recognition of the town's long history and rich heritage, the poems gathered in this anthology celebrate Reading's connections with poetry, both past and present.

Can Congress Be Fixed? And Is It Broken? Five Essays on Congressional Reform

Can Congress Be Fixed? And Is It Broken? Five Essays on Congressional Reform

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/1995

In February 1994, the Hoover Institution held a conference on Congress, inviting more than two dozen scholars, journalists, and members of Congress to participate in an array of panel discussions. The conference asked, in effect, Is Congress working as it should? If no, how should Congress be reformed? Throughout these panel discussions, five writers noted the principal arguments put forward in each of the panel discussions, then composed essays on particular issues, drawing conclusions from the arguments and presenting their own views. An introduction provides a straightforward description of the conference. In commissioning these essays, the Hoover Institution was engaging in an experiment. The institution hoped that the essays would represent not only a record of the conference but also a provocative contribution to the debate on congressional reform.

In the Circumstances About Poems and Poets

In the Circumstances About Poems and Poets

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/1992

In the Circumstances is a study of the way people other than their authors contribute to poems. Discussing work by Wordsworth, Browning, Hardy, Pound, Eliot, Montale, Auden, Lowell, and Hill, the book explores how other people's lives and wider circumstances can influence the textual contexts of the poems and be felt within the works themselves. These circumstances emerge in such things as allusions to political events of the day, the inclusion of proper names and, above all, in the citation or absorption of the words of others. The book asks how the poets themselves worked these circumstances into the fabric of their poems, and what bearing this has on subsequent acts of revision and translation. These are current issues: for all those involved with poetry, as readers or writers, this book will provide pleasure and stimulus. After his first collection of poetry, Overdrawn Account (1980), Peter Robinson was described by Eric Griffiths in PN Review as `the finest poet of his generation'. His second volume This Other Life (1988) won the Cheltenham Prize. With Marcus Perrymen he has translated the complete poems of Vittorio Sereni, a selection of which appeared in 1990. A new book of his own poems is due in 1992.

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