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.
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One of the masters of children's literature.
The Yellow Room Conspiracy
Two ex-lovers, he merely getting old, she already slowly dying, hear a radio quiz programme about a political/financial/sexual scandal in which they were both involved at the time of the Suez Crisis. At the end of the first chapter she asks him to tell her how he killed one of the other participants. He replies that he’d always imagined she had done it. Who then did?
Her illness means that she is no longer up to prolonged serious discussion, so he starts to write out his memories of the time for her to read, and she responds with taped recordings of how she saw the same events. In this manner they re-tread the maze of high politics, espionage and shady property deals and find the answer.