Meet Peter

Peter Makin is Brilliant Books’ owner.  He is English and still has the accent to prove it.  He emigrated to the US twice, once in 1981 and again in 2006 when he returned after a 15 year absence.  He is now an American citizen, but is eternally grateful to live in an era of streaming football—er, soccer—services.


How many states (or countries) have you lived in?

2 States, 4 Countries.


What's the one thing you wish people knew about bookselling?

It is far harder and more demanding than it seems.  We work incredibly hard to ensure we have the best of the new and the best of every genre.


What would you say are the top five most interesting things about you?

  • As a child, I was an asymptomatic carrier of scarlet fever.
  • My dog is named after Chelsea soccer player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  • I was elected Borough Councilman in 1996.
  • I've circumnavigated the globe 14 times.
  • I was offered a place at the London School of Economics in 1978, but took a gap year to work on the pending general election.  I'm still on that gap year.


If you weren't a bookseller what would you be doing instead?

Member of Parliament / Soccer Pundit


What's one book that changed your life?

The Watercourse Way by Alan Watts


Peter is also one of our Brilliant Books Monthly book selectors.  Learn more about how he chooses books for our nonfiction readers!