Season’s Greetings!

I’d like to wish you all a wonderful festive season, and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!

My sincere thanks to all of you who have supported my books over the years and who have contributed to the recent success of The Lewis Trilogy.BlackhouseCover1

2013 saw the trilogy go from strength to strength in the UK and mainland Europe, with an amazing breakthrough in the USA where The Blackhouse was only recently published.

But before I tell you about the highlights of the year for me, I have some exciting news about my next book Entry Island.  For those of you who don’t know, Entry Island is set in part on the Isle of Lewis and in part on the Magdalen Islands of Quebec.  It was scheduled for release in early January 2014, but…


Entry Island will be available in hardback in the UK on Boxing Day, December 26th 2013!
If you want to buy Entry Island online, here are some useful links…ENTRY-30[1]

for Kindle UK, click here

and readers from anywhere in the world can get FREE worldwide delivery of the hardback edition with 15% off the price from The Book Depository.
To buy Entry Island, or any other books from The Book Depository, click here

Of course it’s also available from bookstores such as WH Smiths and Waterstones, or in supermarkets like Tesco, or from your favourite independent bookstores.   I’ve heard that books are already appearing in the shops in advance of Boxing Day.

UK and Paris Tour, signings and talks,
January 2014

Also I’ll be coming to venues in the UK and Paris to talk about Entry Island.  The full list of dates and venues can be found at the end of this post.


It’s been an extraordinary year which began with The Chessmen spending almost 6 months in the UK hardback best seller charts.  There were some wonderful reviews across the board in the UK and The Independent declared that The Chessmen “…completes one of the best-regarded crime series of recent years”.Chessmen

The summer brought a flurry of nominations for writing awards on both sides of the Altantic.  The Lewis Man was in the final shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and The Blackhouse was shortlisted for a Macavity Award and a Barry Award in the USA.

In September I went to Albany, New York for the Bouchercon Crime Writing conference and was absolutely delighted when George Easter of Deadly Pleasures Magazine announced that The Blackhouse was the winner of the Barry Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in the US.

Peter May with Barry Award for "The Blackhouse"

Me with the Barry Award for “The Blackhouse”

Readers in the USA have had to wait a long time to catch up with The Lewis Trilogy, but I’m glad to be able to tell you that The Lewis Man will be coming to the USA in 2014.untitled

Hebrides, the photo companion to The Lewis Trilogy came out in October in the UK and according to my E-mail In Box, David Wilson’s beautiful photographs will be turning up in more than a few Christmas stockings this year (I hope I haven’t spoiled the surprise for anyone!)

In the summer, I travelled to Lewis with a French film crew to make a documentary about The Lewis Trilogy which will be broadcast in France in January 2014.

I was back on the island a month later when BBC Radio Scotland took me to the Hebrides to record – at locations that appear in The Blackhouse – a special one-hour “Out Of Doors” programme.  It was a sensitive and – at times – emotional exploration of the story of the book and my personal relationship and connections with the Outer Hebrides.  It was broadcast in the Autumn but is being repeated on Radio Scotland in January.  You can hear it broadcast on the internet from anywhere in the world, or you can listen from my website on the ”Latest News” page.


Also, by following the above link to my Latest News page, you’ll find video of me talking about Entry Island and some audio book clips of excerpts from the book to give a taste of it.

Before I go, here are my dates in the UK and Paris, I hope you’ll come along and see me if you can…


Saturday 11th January
Event in association with Waterstones, Aberdeen
Venue: MacRobert Lecture Theatre, MacRobert Building, Kings Street, University of Aberdeen
Tickets: £5/£4 concessions
Tel for tickets: 01224 592 440

Mon 13th January
Event with Waterstone’s, Inverness
Venue: Inverness Town House. Inverness Town House, Inverness, IV2 4SF
Tickets: £5
Interviewer: Robert Taylor, Editor of Inverness Courier
Tel for Tickets: 01463 233500

Tues 14th January
Late am
Informal signing: Waterstone’s, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

Tues 14th January
12.30 – 2.00pm
Formal signing: WH SMITHS, 53 – 55 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8AH
Contact: Brian McIntyre, 0141 204 0636

Tues 14th January
7.00pm – 8.30pm
Event with Waterstones, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, G77 6EY
Venue: Primavera Bistro, Newton Mearns
Tickets: free (but need to book)
Tel: 0141 6163933

Wed 15th January
Event with Blackwells, 53 – 62 Southbridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS
Venue: The Roxy Theatre, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Tickets: £5
Tel: 0131 622 8222

Thurs 16th January
Informal signing: Waterstone’s, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Thurs 16th January
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Formal signing: Waterstone’s George St, Edinburgh
Tel: 0843 290 8309 to reserve a signed copy

Thurs 16th January

In association with Waterstone’s, 35 Commercial Street, Dundee DD1 3DG
Venue: Steps Theatre, The Wellgate, Dundee, 
Interviewer: Helen Brown, Dundee Courier
Tickets: free but booking essential
Tel for tickets: 01382 200322

Tues 21st January

Waterstones’ Piccadilly, London

Tickets: £5/£3
Tel: 020 78512400


Wednesday 22 January 2014

Signing 6-7pm
Presentation 7-8pm
Venue: WH Smith,
Address: 248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris 

(Metro: Concorde)

Thursday 23 January 2014
Venue: Librairie L’Écailler
Address: 101 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris, France

Phone: 01 45 75 30 72

Friday 24 January 2014

Venue: Librairie Maruani
Address: 171 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris, France

Phone: 01 45 85 85 70

Saturday 25 January 2014
Venue: Librairie Gilbert Joseph
Address: 26 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France

Phone: 01 44 41 88 88

Saturday 25 January 2014
Venue: Librairie Acacia
Address: 33/35 bd du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

(Métro République ou Filles du Calvaire)
Tél. : 01 48 04 76 52

Thanks again for your support and have a great festive season!


About Author Peter May

International best-selling author of several series of books: the Lewis Trilogy - "The Blackhouse", "The Lewis Man" and "The Chessmen" - The Enzo Files and the China Thrillers, as well as standalone novels including "Entry Island", "Runaway" and "Coffin Road".
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4 Responses to Season’s Greetings!

  1. Dear Peter! A Very Merry Christmas to you from a Swedish reader. I have just finished the three Lewis-books and if I could have one wish on Christmas Eve, it is that you, one day, would return to Isle of Lewis and all the people there that we have come to know so well – and love. I have been to Lewis a couple of times and I can see the landscape before me as you paint it out on your written canvas – it is simply brilliant! I am looking forward to your new book, of course, but my heart stays on The Isle of Lewis!

    • I am delighted that you enjoyed the trilogy, Elisabeth. But, of course, I do return to Lewis in “Entry Island”. The time period is different, as are the characters, but I am sure you will feel quite at home with them!

  2. David McDowell says:

    It is great news that your new book is coming out soon. I recall vividly reading the Blackhouse in one day, so engrossed was I in the book. This was the one and only time I had ever done that but the book transported me right into the island world so well that I could not put it down. I would actually be interested in reading it in its French version as the language is in my experience more expressive than English and might well make the book seem even more remarkable. Best wishes for 2014 and the new book.

  3. Hi David, and thanks for your kind comments. Delighted you are enjoying my books, and I hope that Entry Island will continue in the same vein for you.

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