Edinburgh Reads: Peter May

Bestselling author Peter May visited us on Friday to tell us about his new novel ‘Runaway’.

Here he is with chair Jackie McGlone.

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Peter talked about his love of music and the experiences from his youth that inspired the story.

He also gave us an insight into the life of the writer and the research he carried out, including bidding over the odds for a 1965 motoring atlas on eBay.

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The novel shifts between 1965 and the present day and Peter talked eloquently about the changes that have taken place in society and the problems different generations have in understanding and communicating with each other.

Peter then answered questions from the audience about the popularity of his work in France, how living abroad has shaped his view of Scotland and the challenges of adapting his work for the screen.

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We’re sure Runaway will be every bit as successful as his other books (‘The Chess Men’ was the third most borrowed title from Edinburgh Libraries in 2014) .

Thanks to Peter for agreeing to visit us and for being such an interesting and engaging speaker.

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