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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Longlist 2020

Absolutely devastated this year’s THEAKSTON’S OLD PECULIER CRIME FESTIVAL won’t take place ~ but of course, I fully understand. The world as we know it has come to a halt and it’s up to us to find new ways to keep connected, to keep going. The organisers of the must-loved and always eagerly expected annual crime festival of the year have created a fab online program for us to enjoy.

It is with the greatest pleasure and to my utter delight, I’m now sharing with you the longlist for the UK’s most prestigious crime novel award – Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year – which has just been revealed by Harrogate International Festival. The list of eighteen authors sets the scene for a showdown with four former winners and celebrates fresh new voices taking crime fiction writing by storm!

The longlist of the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious crime novel award is unveiled with literary legends and dynamic debuts in contention for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year…

In its 16th year, the most coveted prize in crime fiction received a record number of submissions. This highly anticipated longlist of 18 titles represents crime writing at its best: celebrating four former winners, a Booker Prize contender, and fresh new voices taking the genre by storm.

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The six-book shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Book of the Year 2020 will be announced on 8 June.

The winner of this pre-eminent prize has historically been awarded on the opening evening of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival as part of Harrogate International Festival Summer Season. This year, the winner will be revealed at a virtual awards ceremony on 31 July and will receive £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

Now, without further ado… *drumrolls*

The Longlist

–          My Sister the Serial Killer ~ Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic Books)

–          Fallen Angel Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown Book Group, Abacus)

–          Nothing Important Happened Today ~ Will Carver (Orenda Books)

–          Cruel Acts Jane Casey (HarperCollins, Harper Fiction)

–          Blue Moon Lee Child (Transworld, Bantam)

–          The Long Call ~ Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan, Macmillan/Pan)

–          Red Snow Will Dean (Oneworld, Point Blank)

–          Platform Seven ~ Louise Doughty (Faber & Faber)

–          Worst Case Scenario Helen Fitzgerald (Orenda Books)

–          The Lost Man Jane Harper (Little, Brown Book Group, Little, Brown)

–          Joe Country ~ Mick Herron (John Murray Press)

–          How the Dead Speak ~ Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group, Little, Brown)

–          The Chain ~ Adrian McKinty (Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)

–          Conviction ~ Denise Mina (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)

–          Smoke and Ashes ~ Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)

–          The Whisper Man ~ Alex North (Penguin Random House, Michael Joseph)

–          Blood & Sugar Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Headline Publishing Group, Wildfire)

–          Blood Orange Harriet Tyce (Pan Macmillan, Mantle/Pan)

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