Robert Barnard

Robert BarnardWe were very sad to learn of crime writers Robert Barnard’s death last week and wanted to make our small tribute to him.

Robert was a great supporter of our libraries and has done numerous events for us over the years to talk about his books and writing. He was very generous with his time and often his only remuneration was a bottle of wine.

Robert was awarded the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2003 for a lifetime of achievement in crime writing, a career that had then lasted nearly 30 years and in which he had written over 40 books. Robert’s books have always been hugely popular in our libraries with staff and the public alike. His most popular books in Leeds were his crime fiction novels featuring Detective Charlie Peace. In fact I do believe that some of our readers would count Charlie Peace as a personal friend.

Leeds Libraries and our readers will miss Robert and we send our very best wishes to his remaining family.