Dead Man’s Time author Peter James walks away from spectacular 85mph car crash
The bestselling crime writer Peter James is back in the driving seat after a spectacular crash at Brands Hatch in which suffered cracked ribs and a bruised spleen.
James was racing his 1965 BMW, which he bought in January for £100,000, when he was clipped from behind by a Lotus Cortina as he took a fast downhill bend at 85mph.
“If you were a baddie and you wanted to spin a car round, you’d hit the back section just there by the rear wheel,” he told The Independent yesterday. “I always wondered what it would feel like. I saw grass, gravel, tarmac… Apparently I rolled four times.”
James is a keen driver who holds an international racing licence and has owned an Aston Martin Vanquish, two Mercedes and two E-Type Jaguars.
When the crash happened on Saturday he was in pole position and optimistic about winning the race. He is thanking luck, a strong safety cage and a new, £1,500 neck brace that he walked away.
“As soon as the car came to a halt I thought, ‘I’ve got my book launch next week, is my right arm OK to sign copies?’”, he said.
His book Dead Man’s Time – the latest of his Roy Grace detective novels - is published by Macmillan next Thursday and he has vowed to honour publicity events in his home town of Brighton, followed by a US trip and then a book tour of Britain and Ireland.
Despite medical advice to rest, James was out with police contacts in the back of a squad car when The Independent called him, nursing his injuries through two “blue runs” across Brighton. He insists that he is recovering – “And anyway, we’ve got Dan Brown to try and beat.”
A full interview with Peter James appears in this weekend’s Independent on Sunday.
filmIn Black Seahe is as audiences have never seen him before
MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word
Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police