The shortlist for the Old Peculier Theakston Crime Novel of the year was announced yesterday, reducing the original longlist down to six fantastic crime novels, all worthy winners of the award.
The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of.
Now the shortlist is announced, these books will be promoted in libraries and WHS stores in the UK over the next seven weeks until 20th July when the £3,000 winner will be announced at the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. We’ll bring you news of the winner as we get it but for now, here are the shortlisted books:
The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More
Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:
“As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”
The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.