Peter Cunningham (born 10 May 1947, Dublin) is an Irish novelist. He grew up in Waterford was educated at Waterpark School, Glenstal Abbey School and University College Dublin. He worked as an accountant and a trader of commodities until 1986 when his first novel was published. Titled 'Noble Lord', it was a thriller, written under the pseudonym Peter Lauder. A further four thrillers followed.
In 1993, a novel, 'Who Trespass Against Us' dealt with the unexpected death of a child.
Four subsequent novels, known as the Monument novels, are set in Monument, a fictionalized version of Cunningham's hometown Waterford. They are: 'Tapes of the River Delta', 'Consequences of the Heart', 'Love In One Edition' and 'The Sea and the Silence'. In the Monument novels Cunningham fuses political material with psychological realism and a nascent, lyrical sensitivity to place, in this way winning an international reputation as a writer of highly crafted plots and enigmatic dreaminess.
In 2003, 'The Taoiseach', dealt with current Irish political events, based on the life of Irish premier Charles Haughey.
In 2010, a satirical novel dealing with the collapse of Ireland's economy, 'Capital Sins', was published. Peter Cunningham is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of arts and letters, and lives in County Kildare.