About Pete


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Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher.

He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award.

His first book, The Vagrant, was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award, and won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award in 2016.

He has also written for Fantasy MMO Albion Online.

Find me on Twitter: @runpetewrite

And on Instagram: runpetewrite

Represented by Juliet Mushens.


The following things were said by other people about me. They have all been true at some point:

He’s a real gent!

He raises procrastination to an art form.

He plays his cards close to his chest.

In his eyes was the mischief of the world, he bound trouble with well woven emptiness, and with almost nothing before or behind him made an iron reputation (and a good one!) in the wide world.

He’s a good pupil. I don’t think he should take art for GCSE.

He’s like a giant puppy.

[He's a] magnificent bastard!

He is quite lengthy.

Not the one that did Tygra in Thundercats. The other Peter Newman

The Novel Whisperer

[He's a] random cove


Would you like to know more?

Grim Tidings Podcast 24/06/17

A second interview with Fantasy Book Review 22/04/17

Interview with Fantasy Faction 11/04/17

Sarmorlian Inquisition 17/03/17

Q&A with Harper Voyager US 07/03/17

ThankBookFor Podcast (joint interview with Den Patrick and Jen Williams) ??/09/16

Return to the Grim Tidings Podcast! 10/05/16

The Cornell Collective episode 11 29/04/16

Interview with That Thorn Guy 02/04/16

Interview with Geek Syndicate 04/03/16

Interview with Marc Turner 2/12/15

Interview with Smash Dragons 26/06/15

Interview with Fantasy Faction 22/06/15

Interview with Grim Tidings Podcast 11/06/15

Interview with Best Fantasy Books 18/05/15

Interview with Fantasy Book Review 25/04/15

Interview with A Fantastical Librarian 21/04/15

20 Minutes with Peter Newman (Roundtable Podcast) 21/04/15

Interview with Civilian Reader 13/04/15

42 responses to “About Pete

  1. The Vagrant was name checked in this just-published interview with Mieneke van der Salm of A Fantastical Librarian:

  2. Hi Peter,

    I have just finished the Vagrant and writing up a review, so I was wondering if you had the time for a quick email interview?


    Fergus McCartan

  3. Jason Williams

    Hi Pete,

    I buy, sell and trade signed novels in the sci/fi-fantasy genre. I would like to get around 10 or so signed copies of The Vagrant. If you would be willing email me and maybe we can work something out. I'll give you all the details when you email me.


  4. Hey Peter, greetings from South Africa. 🙂

    Just wanted to let you know that 'The Vagrant' will be hitting our shores in June – I'm a bookseller and fellow SFF writer, so I'm really looking forward to your debut. 🙂

    Be EPIC!
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  5. Hey Pete,
    All the very best for your book launch.. kick that sales ranking's arse!


  6. Hi Peter,
    Books like the Vagrant are now sadly few and far between, don't stop writing my boy you certainly have a talent! I look forward to the next installment. Thank you for an excellent read!

  7. Hello Peter, I was wondering if you would be free for an interview for my book blog, on your thought process and approach to writing and general procrastination techniques?

  8. Benn Cathcart

    My Gosh!!! Just finished 'The Vagrant' I can't believe how amazing this book is!! I picked it up in the new releases in my local library and now I think I'll go off and buy the amazing book! I want to congradulate you on an phenomenal book! I really would like to know how your ideas came to be and your fabulous, unique and exquisite descriptive techniques!! I really think that you are an unique writer and very inspirational for a beginner writer like me! Thanks again
    – Benn

  9. My name is Jessica Park, 18 from Portsmouth, and my boyfriend, 19, (not so coincidentally) is called Peter Newman. Understanding that this will not be the most uncommon of names, I have decided to collect for Peter (my boyfriend) a message from various others that share his name. This is where I hope you can help me? Just a short message in reply to this email with some words of inspiration or a favourite quote would make a big difference in my project.

    If you do not wish to participate this is absolutely fine or on the off case you’d like more information please feel free to contact me whenever.

    Thanks for any help you might give and thank you for simply reading my message

    • Well, I never saw this coming! I don't know if you know this but the guy who voiced Tygra in the Thundercats cartoon is also called Peter Newman. As for a message… hmmm… tricky. How about: 'Be nice to Jessica.'

      Good luck with the project.

  10. We are an independent bookseller that specializes in signed and collectible titles. Is there a chance you'd sign THE VAGRANT for us when it releases in April? I'm placing my orders with HarperCollins and wanted to get a confirmation from you before proceeding.

  11. Hello Pete, all best wishes from Germany. Is there a way to buy a signed copy of Vagrant somewhere?

  12. Hm, thanks for these, but unfortunately only Forbidden Planet has copies and those are paperback, rather looking for hardbacks. But surely will find something on Abebooks. At least I ordered a signed copy of The Malice from Goldsboro – funny, was the last copy!
    Thanks again for trying, best DB

    • I'm thrilled to hear the last copy has sold already! 😀 They've gone even faster than The Vagrant did. If Abebooks can't help you, give me a shout. I am certain we can find a way to get you a signed hardback.

  13. Hi Pete, I really enjoyed listening to The Vagrant from Audible.com here in the States. Was really interested in purchasing the sequel, The Malice, but only see it's available for Audible.co.uk. Will the audiobook version ever be released in the U.S?

    • Hi Stephen. I've asked Harper US about this, will let you know when I hear something. Glad to hear you enjoyed the book!

  14. Hey Peter,

    I'm a moderator of the /r/Fantasy subreddit, and we'd love to have you come by to do an Ask Me Anything (AMA) Q&A session. We're one of the biggest speculative fiction forums on the web, and we'd love to have you!

    Shoot me an email if you're interested.

  15. Hi Peter,

    I've just finished with review of The Vagrant for Vaseliteratura.cz – czech magazine about the literature. We would love to do an interview with you. Would you mind to answer a few e-mail questions?

    If interested, please send me an e-mail.


  16. Hey Peter, I am saying this as a huge fan of your first book 'The Vagrant'. I loved it so much, I've never read a book quite like that before and it was phenomenal! But, the 2nd book swears a lot and I know you can't change it now, but I was hoping that you might not use so much language in your future novels because Im

  17. not willing to buy more books if they continue like 'The Malice'. I really did enjoy your 1st bok though.

    • Hi Ben. First off, it's lovely to hear you loved The Vagrant. It's funny the things that can turn a reader off a book. For some its swearing, for others its sex or violence (especially towards domestic animals it seems), for others it can be things like the font size or the tense. I'm genuinely fascinated that the thing that bothered you was not the miserable world, possession, torture, mass slaughter, mutation, etc.

      Anyway, your post got me thinking about my other books and how much / little swearing they have. So with the caveat that my brain is deep in other worlds at the moment (so I may have forgotten!), here's a rough guide:

      The Vagrant – (as you know) mild swearing.
      The Hammer and the Goat – mild/less swearing than The Vagrant.
      The Malice – Two minor characters swear frequently when they are together, including swearing in a sexual context.
      The Vagrant and the City – swearing similar to The Vagrant. Mainly one character, infrequent, and used to dress down another.
      The Seven – same/less frequency as in The Vagrant.

      Hope that helps.

  18. Hi Peter,

    I would like to enquire into arranging a personal appearance with you at our upcoming Geek Fest 3.0 event this 1st and 2nd July at the Heartlands Project, Cornwall?

    If this event is of interest please do get in touch and I can provide more details.

    Thank you for your time

    Heartlands, Cornwall

  19. Have just finished "the malice" absolutely brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for "the seven".
    One thing has been bugging me though. Who is Jem and why does he dislike the vagrant? Keep up the good work I look forward to the upcoming books!

  20. Hi Pete! Will the malice be available for US audio purchase any time in the near future?

    • Hi Jordan. As far as I know, it should be available now, but isn't for reasons that are beyond me. I've let the powers that be know and am hoping it will be sorted soon. Thanks for your patience.

  21. Hello Peter,
    I just finished reading the vagrant series, also including “The Hammer and the Goat” and “The Vagrant and the City” (I was a bit disappointed to find them only available as e-books), which were wonderful and inspiring, unforgettable books, made even better by your unique writing style, unlike any I have ever seen. You have got a brilliant and inimitable way of describing a scene, constructing a realistic world (as realistic as possible considering the genre) and inventing charming, funny, adorable, but also mean-spirited, cowardly and sneaky characters, seeming to come alive in your mind as well as outside of it.
    When I first began to read “The Vagrant” it was hard to keep up and understand what was happening because I am no native speaker, which was a real problem at first. But as soon as I adjusted to it, it became the most amazing book I ever had the pleasure to read. Besides, it also had a nice side effect on my grades, since I was able to learn a lot by reading your books and to expand my vocabulary, the reason why I am top of my English class now, something I never thought was possible. Without you and your marvellous books I couldn’t have done that, therefore I think it is more than fittingly to thank you for your (involuntary but great) help. Thank you so very much!
    Now I am looking forward to read “Landfall” as soon as I am able to get my fingers on it. For some reasons it isn’t possible to order it in a book store I really like, so either I wait for it, or I order it on the internet which I am no big fan of. In any way, I hope it will be as fantastic as the Vagrant series!
    Thank you for taking your time to read this.
    Best regards

    • Hello Greta,

      What an incredible message. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. I'm delighted to hear that you've enjoyed my work and quite moved by the idea that it has in some way helped with your studies.

      Good luck in the future!

      Best wishes,


  22. Dear Mr. Newman,
    Ever since I happened across The Vagrant I've fallen head-over-heels with your books, and was wondering if you'd be willing to (for a fee of course) sign my copies of The Vagrant and The Malice. If yes, please email me at roney_ben@yahoo.com and if no, I'm still happy you responded at all.
    Wishing the best,
    Ben Roney

    • Dear Ben,

      That's lovely to hear, thank you, and I'm always happy to sign books (for free in fact)! If you're based in the UK, it may well be I could sign them at a convention or an event. If not, I'm sure we can work something out.

      Best wishes,


  23. Hi Peter

    Just discovered your books via The Vagrant and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is great when I discover a new author's books which catch my imagination and keeps me reading well into the day and night. I couldn't put the book down. As an avid reader of various genre it is always a challenge to find something to do what The Vagrant has and I will be looking for the rest of the series going forward.

    Keep up the good work and thank you.

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