On May 9 nominees for “crime writing’s most wanted accolade”, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, were announced. The award highlights the cream of the crop of crime novels published by British and Irish authors over the last year. The winning author receives a cash prize of £3000 and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.
2013 marks the ninth year of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, run in partnership with WHSmith. Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston and title sponsor said: “The award is now positioned as the most prestigious prize within crime fiction so we are delighted to welcome WHSmith on board. They are an iconic brand in retail and book selling, and it’s a partnership that will no doubt boost even further the excitement and awareness of this annual award.”
The 2013 award ceremony hosted by radio broadcaster and Festival regular Mark Lawson, will take place on July 18 at the opening night of the festival, at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.
The winner of the 2013 prize will be announced by title sponsor Simon Theakston at the Award Ceremony.
2013 Longlist of nominees
- “The Guilty One“, by Lisa Ballantyne (Piatkus)
- “Finders Keepers”, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld)
- “Rush Of Blood”, by Mark Billingham (Little Brown)
- “Dead Scared”, by S J Bolton (Corgi, Transworld)
- “The Affair”, by Lee Child (Transworld)
- “A Foreign Country”, by Charles Cumming (Harpercollins)
- “Safe House”, by Chris Ewan (Faber and Faber)
- “Not Dead Yet”, by Peter James (Macmillan)
- “Siege”, by Simon Kernick (Bantam Press)
- “Prague Fatale”, by Philip Kerr (Quercus)
- “The Rage”, by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage)
- “Birthdays for the Dead”, by Stuart MacBride (Harper)
- “The Dark Winter”, by David Mark (Quercus)
- “The Lewis Man”, by Peter May (Quercus)
- “Gods And Beasts”, by Denise Mina (Orion)
- “Stolen Souls”, by Stuart Neville (Vintage)
- “Sacrilege”, by S. J. Parris (Harper)
- “A Dark Redemption”, by Stav Sherez (Faber and Faber)
2013 Shortlist Announcement and Readers’ Online Vote
The names of the six shortlisted titles will be announced on Monday, July 1, 2013 and readers will be able to help decide which of the six short-listed authors will take home the most coveted title in crime fiction, by casting their votes online at www.theakstons.co.uk.
The result of the online vote will be counted alongside the votes of the expert judging panel in order to determine the 2013 winner. Forming the 2013 judging panel are 2013 Festival Programming Chair Val McDermid, WHSmith’s Head of Fiction David Swillman and executive director of title sponsor T&R Theakston Simon Theakston. 4th judge TBC.