Author and philanthropist Peter James wins public vote to be awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Award’
A criminally good contribution to Sussex!
Crime writer Peter James won a public vote yesterday (6/10) and was awarded The Argus’ ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sussex Award’ in their annual Achievement Awards.
The award is handed to someone who has professionally or personally made the county a better place and is an inspiration to those living in the county. Previous winners include Nick Dodds, head of the Brighton Festival; Roger French, chief executive of Brighton and Hove Bus Company; and Tony Bloom, Chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion.
Peter James is one of the nation’s best loved authors, focusing his bestselling Roy Grace crime series in and around the city of Brighton. As well as his writing, Peter supports many Sussex based charities, including being a patron of both Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Crimestoppers. Other charities that Peter works to support are The Whitehawk Inn, Friends of Seaford Library and Martlets Hospice as well as being vice president of Brighton’s Old Police Cells Museum and an ambassador for Brighton University.
Not content with that, he also regularly supports The Sussex Community Foundation, The Backup Trust for Spinal Injuries, The Chichester Life Centre, Book Trade Benevolent Society, Starehe Boys’ Centre in Kenya and Action Medical Research.
Peter comments: ‘It was a huge surprise to hear my name announced at the Argus Achievement Awards last night and to learn that I had been awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Sussex Award. I am especially thrilled as this is the only one of the awards voted for by members of the public. It is always fantastic to be lucky enough to be up for any award, but to win one in the place I live and love, and for the work I do for the community of Sussex, is immensely rewarding. I feel lucky, honoured and deeply privileged.‘
Dead Man’s Time is available in paperback on 24th October 2013 at £7.99,
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