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Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Longlist

It’s always exciting when award season comes round again and this year it’s a cracker. 2014 marks the tenth year of the annual Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award, an accolade that celebrates the best in crime fiction, open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback over the previous twelve months.

Not only does the winning author receive a cash prize of £3000 but also a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculiar awarded to them on the first evening of the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

This year’s 18 strong long list can be seen below in full:

The Long List:

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham
Like This For Ever by Sharon Bolton
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton
The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay
The Chessmen by Peter May
I Hear The Sirens In The Street by Adrian McKinty
The Red Road by Denise Mina
Ratlines by Stuart Neville
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
Eleven Days by Stav Sherez
Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

The shortlisted six authors will be announced on the 1st July when a public vote will be opened to allow YOU to chose the ultimate winner.

Denise Mina has scooped the prize for the previous two years with The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts and we’ll be looking for her name again on the short list this year.

Let us know in the comments below how many you’ve read and who is YOUR winner!


    Read all Ian Rankin, all Elly Griffiths, some Lee Child and now working my way through Sharon Bolton and loving her

    Only read four, I’m afraid, but of those, would go for Rubbernecker.

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