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Shortlist Announced for Crime Novel of the Year 2019
THEAKSTON FESTIVAL ROUNDS UP SIX SUSPECTS ON CRIME NOVEL AWARD SHORTLIST
The shortlist for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced.
The shortlist in full:
Belinda Bauer -
Steve Cavanagh -
Mick Herron -
Val McDermid -
Liam McIlvanney -
Khurrum Rahman -
East of Hounslow
The shortlisted six were whittled down from a longlist of 18 titles.
The prize, now in its 15th year, was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction.
Belinda Bauer, a previous winner of the
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for her novel
Rubbernecker in 2014, is shortlisted with her 2018 Man Booker longlisted,
Snap, which is inspired by the murder of a pregnant woman, Marie Wilks, on the M50 in 1988 (the
real-life crime remains unsolved), became one of the very few crime-genre novels ever to be considered for the Man Booker prize. The judges described it as “an acute, stylish, intelligent novel about how we survive trauma.”
Bauer battles courtroom drama,
Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh, hailed by Ian Rankin for “plotting that takes the breath away.” Cavanagh is an Irish lawyer and author born and raised in Belfast.
Thirteen offers an original twist on the courtroom thriller, where the serial killer isn’t on trial - he’s on the jury.
Both Mick Herron and Val McDermid were shortlisted for the 2018
Theakston Old Peculier Novel of the Year - the title went to Stav Sherez with
McDermid last won Novel of the Year in 2006. The No.1 bestseller and ‘queen of crime’ could reclaim the title with her latest,
Broken Ground. The Karen Pirie thriller digs up a secret buried for 70 years in a Highland peat bog and has been praised for its ‘masterly handling of pace and plot.’
Her novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold over 15 million copies. McDermid has won many awards including in 2016 the Outstanding Contribution to Crime
Fiction Award at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
Mick Herron’s widely acclaimed Jackson Lamb novels have been shortlisted twice for the Crime Novel of the Year and
London Rules puts him back in the running. London Rules is the fifth outing for the misfit disgraced band of spies at Slough House with the backdrop of Brexit Britain and a terror plot. Dubbed ‘the UK’s new spy master’ by the Sunday Times, Herron’s
writing was praised by critic Barry Forshaw for, “the spycraft of le Carré refracted through the blackly comic vision of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.”
The Quaker by Liam McIllvanney has already scooped the 2018 McIlvanney Prize which was named to
honour his father, the late ‘godfather of tartan noir’, William McIlvanney. Liam, an author and a professor of Scottish studies in New Zealand, set
The Quaker in Glasgow in 1969 drawing on the real-life, never-caught serial murderer Bible John.
The only debut author on the list is that of Senior IT Officer turned novelist, Khurrum Rahman, with his first novel,
East of Hounslow. Mixing edgy humour and pulse-racing tension, Khurrum was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Debut Dagger Award 2018.
East of Hounslow follows his young hero Jay, a dope dealer who ends up reluctantly working undercover for MI5 while undergoing radical Islamist training. Khurrum lives in Berkshire with his wife and two sons.
Shortlist titles will feature in a dedicated online campaign with WHSmith and a nationwide library promotion.
The overall winner will be decided by the panel of Judges, alongside a public vote. The public vote opens on 1 July and closes 14 July at
Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “All shortlisted authors are deserving of the title, but there’s only one Novel of the Year. The public vote will be invaluable, readers have real power,
so I’d encourage everyone to make their voice heard - it’s free and simple to vote online. It will be fascinating to see which of these remarkable titles prevails, all are simply outstanding.”
The winner is announced on the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, on 18 July.
The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Mark Lawson, will also reveal the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award, who will join a roll-call of crime writing giants. Past recipients include
Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill, PD James, Ruth Rendell, Lynda La Plante, Sara Paretsky, Val McDermid, Lee Child and John Grisham.
The award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Mail on Sunday.
For further media information please contact Ann Chadwick at Cause UK 07534892715
The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Harrogate at the Old Swan Hotel at 8pm on Thursday 18 July 2019, hosted by acclaimed broadcaster Mark Lawson.
A cash prize of £3,000 will be provided for the winner. The winning author will also receive a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.
The winning title will feature in a 2-week campaign in WHSmith stores nationwide.
Published 12 Feb 2019. ISBN: 978-1-79627829-2 (PB)
The year is 712, two years after
the murder of Julius Caesar. The power of Rome lays with Triumvirs Mark Antony
and twenty-year-old Octavianus his adopted son and heir. Rome is in turmoil. Brutus
and Cassius are their greatest enemies and their ships are blockading their
ports, preventing them from sailing out and taking their revenge on the main
instigators in Caesar's death.
Antony calls upon his top secret
agent Artemidorus also known as Septem to find a way of clearing the enemies'
fleet. Artemidorus gathers his trusty companions Ferrata a one eyed soldier,
Puella a female soldier and Quintas a battle hardened legionnaire to help him.
Together with Antony and his commanders they decide that they need the help of
Cleopatra. If she can provide them with ships they will be able to defeat the
enemy fleet. However Egypt has had no inundation of the Nile to fertilise the
crops for two years causing widespread famine. Added to this it has led to a
plague and people are dying in their thousands. Antony is concerned that
Cleopatra may be reluctant to help them, she has enough problems of her own.
Artemidorus and his group are given
the task of travelling to her and trying to persuade her to come to their aid.
However this involves a perilous journey over land and sea and they encounter
more than a few problems, even at one stage having to make out they are Brutus'
men. Also, some people they think they can trust turn against them, with
terrible consequences. Even if they manage to reach Cleopatra and persuade her to
provide them with a fleet, what is the guarantee that they can help exact the
revenge Anthony craves?
A really fascinating and
historically interesting book. The details are so well written I almost felt I
was there. It brought ancient Rome and the perilous times alive.
I see reading about the characters
at the back of the book that many of the events described did actually take
Anyone interested in the history of
the Roman Empire and those turbulent times will thoroughly enjoy this
intriguing story. Highly recommended.
Peter Tonkinwas born 1 January 1950 in Ulster, son of an RAF
officer. He spent much of his youth travelling the world from one posting to
another. He went to school at Portora Royal, Enniskillen and Palmer's, Grays.
He sang, acted, and published poetry, winning the Jan Palac Memorial Prize in
1968. He studied English with Seamus Heaney at Queen's Belfast. His first
novel, Killer, was published in 1978.
His work has included the acclaimed "Mariner" series that have been
critically compared with the best of Alistair MacLean,
and Hammond Innes.
More recently he has been working on a series of detective thrillers with an
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.