Winning Year: 1980 Author: Peter Dickinson Title: City of Gold
Gollancz Current Publisher: Format: ISBN: Out of print
City of Gold offers a radical and fascinating approach to thirty-three Old Testament Bible stories. It is set in a time before the Bible was written down, when its stories where handed from generation to generation by the spoken word.
Peter Dickinson was born in 1927 in Zambia, within earshot of the Victoria Falls. Baboons sometimes came into the school playground. His family returned to England so that he and his brothers could go to school at Eton College and then Cambridge University. He was taught mostly Latin and Greek and didn't have an English lesson after he was twelve.
He and his first wife had two daughters and two sons, and he now has six grandchildren. He and his second wife, the American writer Robin McKinley, live in a pretty country town in the south of England. He says "I am strongly against the religion of art, and the priesthood of artists. I am a cobbler. Given good leather I can make a comfortable shoe."