Peter Harmer Lovesey was born on September 10, 1936, in Whitton, Middlesex, England, the son of Richard Lear, a bank official, and Amy Strank Lovesey. He attended Hampton Grammar School and the University of Reading, receiving honors in English in 1958. He served as an education officer and flying officer in the Royal Air Force from 1958 to 1961, and he married Jacqueline Ruth Lewis in 1959. After teaching at Thurrock Technical College in Grays, Essex, for eight years, Lovesey became the head of the general education department at Hammersmith College for Further Education in London until 1975. Lovesey has two children: a daughter and a son, Philip, who as Phil Lovesey, has become a crime novelist in his own right.
In the article “Magician, Actor, Runner—Writer,” Lovesey traces the influences of his childhood ambitions on his writing career. By his own account, he was one of the first joggers, accompanying himself with his own radio commentary as he trained on dark suburban streets. When he realized that he was not cut out to be a runner, he became a fan of those who were and, utilizing his academic skills, turned to research on the history of running. A photograph in a sports magazine of a nineteenth century North American Indian, Deerfoot, spurred Lovesey’s interest in the Victorian period. Researching accounts of running events of the previous century in a newspaper museum, he found stories full of “character, color, and eccentricity,” which...
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