Peter Dickinson is a celebrated author. He won multiple prizes, published almost 60 books and has been translated into 53 languages. He won the prestigious Carnegie Medal twice and the Crime Writer’s Golden Dagger twice. He is also a published poet. He was awarded the O.B.E in 2009 for services to literature. Peter Dickinson died on 16 December 2015, at the age of 88.

“A stylist of subtle brilliance”

The New York Times

“One of the masters of children's literature.”

Philip Pullman


The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest (Skin Deep)

“The Glass-Sided Ant's Nest (1968) deservedly won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger, and a more peculiar crime novel would be hard to find. In it, a tribe of erudite New Guinea natives are discovered grieving for their fallen chief in a London house. He has been battered to death with an owl (taken from a banister) and is found with a double-sided penny in one hand. The unravelling of the plot reveals a gender-switched marriage, a bowl of blood, and a weird smell of burning rubber, all of which provide clues.” (Independent -12 February 2012)

The first of Peter Dickinson's crime novels featuring Detective James Pibble of Scotland Yard.