THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2020:
INTERNATIONAL SHORTLIST REVEALED FOR CRIME WRITING’S PREMIERE PRIZE
Oyinkan Braithwaite | Helen Fitzgerald | Jane Harper
Mick Herron | Adrian McKinty | Abir Mukherjee
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Wow, I’ve just seen the shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020…..it’s going to be a tough choice between these…
The full shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020 is:
– My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic Books)
– Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald (Orenda Books)
– The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Little, Brown Book Group, Little, Brown)
– Joe Country by Mick Herron (John Murray Press)
– The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)
– Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)
You can cast your vote here: harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com
Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “Seeing the huge variety and originality within this shortlist, it comes as no surprise to hear that crime fiction is dominating our lockdown reading habits. Offering both escapism and resolution, these exceptional titles transport readers around the world and I can’t wait to see where we settle on 23 July when one of these extraordinary authors takes home the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier cask.”
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About Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
Launched in 2005, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award is the most prestigious crime novel prize in the country and is a much-coveted accolade recognising the very best crime writing of the year.
Previous winners include Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Belinda Bauer, Denise Mina, Lee Child, Clare Mackintosh and last year’s champion Steve Cavanagh, who was awarded the trophy for the fifth book in his Eddie Flynn crime thriller series, Thirteen.
The 2020 award is run by Harrogate International Festivals in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith and the Express. It is open to full length crime novels published in paperback from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020 by UK and Irish authors.
The longlist of 18 titles is selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee, and representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd, the Express, and WHSmith. The shortlist and winner are selected the academy, alongside a public vote, with the winner receiving £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.
The award forms part of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, staged by Harrogate International Festivals in the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, and is traditionally awarded on the opening evening of the festival.