CHILD 44 has made the shortlist for Crime Novel Of the Year, the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Prize awarded on the opening night of the Harrogate Crime festival. Obviously I’m thrilled. The shortlist which was decided by a public vote. However, a slightly different system is used to decide the winner, a combination of a judging panel and a public vote. There is still time to vote, so go to the Harrogate festival website in order to register your vote.
Here is the information taken from that website. You can even attend the ceremony on Thursday 22nd July. I’ll be there. Tickets are available for sale, once again, check out their website for more information.
The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist has been announced.
Unlike other literary awards, with the Crime Novel of the Year it’s what readers think that really counts. Voting is open from 1st to 21st July to help determine which books from the Shortlist of 8 books – all chosen by you, the readers, in a 1st round vote – will go on to take the prize.
The eventual winner will be decided by combining the result of this public vote with the votes of a panel of expert judges: Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and author; John Dugdale, Guardian Associate Media Editor; Natalie Haynes, comedian and journalist; and Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.
The 2010 Shortlist
In The Dark – Mark Billingham
The Surrogate – Tania Carver
A Simple Act Of Violence - RJ Ellory
The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths
Dead Tomorrow – Peter James
Gallows Lane – Brian McGilloway
Doors Open – Ian Rankin
Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith