Peter Dickinson, British author, Died at 88


Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson was born on December 16, 1927, and died on December 16, 2015.

He was an English author and poet, best known for children’s books and detective stories.

Peter won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association for both Tulku (1979) and the City of Gold (1980), each being recognised as the year’s outstanding children’s book by a British subject.

Through 2012, he was one of seven writers to win two Carnegies; no one has won three.

Peter was also a highly commended runner-up for Eva in 1988, and four times a commended runner-up.

For his contributions as a children’s writer, Peter was a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2000.

Peter Dickinson was born in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), the second of the four sons of a man in the colonial service and a farmer’s daughter.

As a child, Peter loved stories about knights in armour and explorers, such as Ivanhoe and King Solomon’s Mines, and read “anything by Kipling”, who influenced his writing greatly.

Peter Dickinson passed away at age 88 in December 2015.