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Peter Church

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About Peter Church

Peter Church

Peter Church is a Cape Town-based writer.

After a successful career in Information Technology, Church wrote his first novel, Dark Video in 2008. Dark Video was published by Random-Struik in South Africa and New Holland Publishers in Australia. Reviewed as ‘one of the best debuts in a long time’ by Lindsay Slogrove of The Natal Mercury, Dark Video was a Sunday Times ‘Book of the Week’.

In 2011 Church followed up with the ‘drink spiking’ book Bitter Pill. Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Hot Read of the Month’, the plot was described by Gillian Hurst of The Drum as ‘adrenalin-laced, gritty (plot) will keep you furiously turning pages long after your bedtime.’ Bitter Pill was nominated for the 2012 Sunday Times fiction prize.

In 2015 Church deviated from the thriller genre with Blue Cow Sky. Dubbed ‘a novella of sexual proportions’ by publisher Mercury, Blue Cow Sky received a mixed reception.

In 2019 Crackerjack, the long awaited sequel to Dark Video and Bitter Pill was published in North America by Catalyst Press of California. LAPA Uitgewers partnered with Catalyst to release Crackerjack in South Africa. Crackerjack was reviewed in the prestigious New York Journal of Books in March 2019. In the same month Church was nominated as the Sunday Times Sunshine Noir author.

Peter Church is a member of SA Pen and the Kimberley Club. His acclaimed sporting articles were featured on M&G’s Sports Leader site.

A short story, The One, about compulsive love, appeared in a compilation of South African crime fiction called Bad Company. Another shortie, My Side, was selected for the annual Short Sharp Story collection Bloody Satisfied edited by Jo Hichens.

Peter lives in Cape Town with his wife Paula and has three children Christopher, Megan and Ross.

Peter Church


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