Peter Church

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Peter Graham Church

Peter Graham Church in 2008,
Born Peter Graham Church
(1963-03-07) 7 March 1963 (age 58)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Nationality South African
Citizenship South Africa
Education BSc(Hons) Computer Science
Alma mater University of Cape Town
Occupation Writer, author,
Years active 2008 -(as a writer)
Known for Cape Town based thriller writing
Home town Port Elizabeth

Peter Graham Church (born 7 March 1963) is a Cape Town-based writer.

Life and career

After a successful career in Information Technology, Church wrote his first novel, Dark Video in 2008.[1] Dark Video was published by Random-Struik in South Africa and New Holland Publishers in Australia. Reviewed as ‘one of the best debuts in a long time’ by Lindsay Slogrove of The Natal Mercury, Dark Video was a Sunday Times ‘Book of the Week’.A review in the Sydney Morning Herald called it a "gripping thriller with a brilliant twist at the end."[2]

In 2011, Church followed up with the ‘drink spiking’ book Bitter Pill.[3][4][5] Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Hot Read of the Month’, Bitter Pill was nominated for the 2012 Sunday Times fiction prize. Bitter Pill was not without controversy. A leading woman’s publication [6] called it a ‘disturbing read’.

In 2012, a London production company, Antcolony Limited, bought the film rights to Dark Video. Although they renewed the film rights, the movie has not been made.[7]

In 2015, Two Dogs announced Blue Cow Sky, a novella of sexual proportions.

Church is a member of SA Pen and a writers' circle called the Kimberley Club.[8][9] His acclaimed sporting articles were featured on M&G’s Sports Leader site.

A short story, The One, about compulsive love, appeared in a compilation of South African crime fiction called Bad Company. Another shortie, My Side, was selected for the annual Short Sharp Story collection Bloody Satisfied edited by Jo Hichens.

In January 2019,[10] it was announced that Church had signed a three book deal with Catalyst Press from California.

Church lives in Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa,[1] with his wife Paula and three children Christopher, Megan and Ross.



Dark Video South Africa: Two Dogs, Struik in 2007, Umuzi, Random House Struik in 2008, Australia: New Holland in 2008 (Editor Tim Richman)

Bitter Pill South Africa: Mercury, Burnet Media in 2011 (Editor Tim Richman)

Crackerjack North America: Catalyst Press in 2019 (Editor Jessica Powers)

Comedy Realism

Blue Cow Sky South Africa: Mercury, Burnet Media in 2015 (Editor Tim Richman)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Viljoen, Nettalie (26 May 2008). "Dark Video (brief review)". Cape Argus. Retrieved 21 February 2019. 
  2. Goldsworthy, Kerryn (28 November 2009). "Dark Video (brief review)". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2019. 
  3. "Bitter Pill (brief review)". Cape Times. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2019. 
  4. "Peter Church returns with the follow-up to Dark Video". 30 November 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  5. "Bitter Pill (brief review)". Cape Argus. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2019. 
  6. "Bitter Pill". Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  7. [1] Template:Dead link
  8. " - Connecting People Through News". Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  9. " - Connecting People Through News". Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  10. "Crime writer Peter Church signs three-book deal with Catalyst Press". 18 December 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 

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