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Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 23 - 26 July 2009

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate is a not to be missed event.

The world of crime writing are descending again on this sleepy Yorkshire town of Harrogate. The body count is set to soar as hordes of authors, publishers, agents and fans decamp for the biggest and very best crime writing festival.

Sample the cream of
British crime writing
Crown Hotel, Harrogate


Mark BillinghamCongratulations to Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham best selling athor of the Tom Thorne novels, has won the best crime novel award at the Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for DEATH MESSAGE. This is just the latest success for Mark Billingham whose work has won stellar reviews from best-selling authors Lee Child, George Pelecanos, and Harlan Coben.


2009 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist.

The 14 short-listed titles that were in competition with each other to take the coveted title of Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2009 included heavyweights such as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Lee Child and Reginald Hill. All were pitted against upcoming authors such as Tom Cain, who entered the shortlist with his debut novel, The Accident Man.
Like the beer the award is named after - crime novels have a somewhat heady and strong affect on the British reading public. It's the genre that just won't die, dominating the bestseller list week-in, week-out. Ever since Agatha Christie, who has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, crime is the biggest selling genre in the book world. 
The most popular genre is not only sponsored by the most popular drink - beer - it's been promoted by the nation's most popular supermarket - Asda. The 14 short-listed titles will be on promotion in Asda stores for three weeks from 7th July at the amazing offer price of 2 books for £7 making reading crime fiction great value for money.

2009 shortlist in full:

Death Message - Mark Billingham
The Accident Man - Tom Cain
Bad Luck And Trouble - Lee Child
Gone To Ground - John Harvey
Ritual - Mo Hayder
The Garden of Evil - David Hewson
A Cure For All Diseases - Reginald Hill
The Colour Of Blood - Declan Hughes
Dead Man's Footsteps - Peter James
Broken Skin - Stuart MacBride
Beneath The Bleeding - Val McDermid
Exit Music - Ian Rankin
Friend Of The Devil - Peter Robinson
Savage Moon - Chris Simms

Official Harrogate Crime Writing Festival website

The Official Harrogate Crime Writing Festival Website contains all the latest up to date information about the festival, author information, message board and ticket news. Join the Crime mailing list and they will forward news and information, keeping you up to date with what's coming up next summer.

Email crime@harrogate-festival.org.uk


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