25 April 2008

Theakstons Old Peculier long list for 2008

Europe's largest crime writing festival, the Harrogate Festival, begins on Thursday 17th July this year, and runs until Sunday 20th July, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate. As always you can expect appearances from some of the very best crime authors around. This year's special guests include Andy McNab and Jeffery Deaver, Peter Robinson and Tess Gerritsen will be facing questions from Simon Kernick and Paul Blezard, the topics under discussion will include religious symbolism and James Bond, and MC Beaton will be talking us through her own particular brand of the cosiest crime.

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year runs in conjunction with the Harrogate Festival and is usually an interesting list and this year's is no exception. The Harrogate Festival call it a great mix of heavyweights and rising stars. The short list is decided by the public and anybody can vote. You must vote for only one book, so I wonder which you will choose? Go to the voting page, select the book of your choice, enter your email address. If you are a resident of UK or Ireland there is a competition you can enter for a chance to win tickets to the festival, with accommodation included. The shortlist is announced at the end of June. Last year's winner was Alan Guthrie with Two-Way Split.

The 2008 longlist

Blue Shoes & Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith
Christine Falls
Benjamin Black
A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil
Christopher Brookmyre
Shifting Skin
Chris Simms

CJ Sansom
One Under
Graham Hurley
Darkness and Light
John Harvey
Mark Billingham

The Savage Garden
Mark Mills
Corn Dolls
Patrick Lennon
Not Dead Enough
Peter James
Piece of My Heart
Peter Robinson

The Death of Dalziel
Reginald Hill
The Chemistry of Death
Simon Beckett
Simon Kernick
Hurting Distance
Sophie Hannah

The Tenderness of Wolves
Stef Penney
Dying Light
Stuart MacBride
The Risk of Darkness
Susan Hill
The Grave Tattoo
Val McDermid

It makes, if nothing else, a nice checklist of what to read in British crime fiction.

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