The longlist has been announced for this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and Irish writers feature strongly. Jane Casey, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Foley, Brian McGilloway and Liz Nugent compete against some big-name writers such as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham.
Managed by Harrogate International Festivals, the shortlist will be announced in June and the winner on 22 July, at the opening evening of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – with the public able to vote for the winner on harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com.
This year’s international longlist takes the reader around the world – from California to Ireland and Calcutta to Edinburgh – and showcases the rich variety of crime writing, from espionage to murderous families.
The 2021 longlist is as follows:
- Cry Baby by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere)
- The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
- The Cutting Place by Jane Casey (HarperCollins, HarperFiction)
- Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh (The Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)
- Black River by Will Dean (Oneworld Publications, Point Blank)
- Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books)
- The Guest List by Lucy Foley (HarperCollins, HarperFiction)
- The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)
- The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books)
- Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking)
- Still Life by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere)
- The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable)
- Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)
- Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (Penguin, Sandycove)
- A Song For The Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Orion, Orion Fiction)
- Remain Silent by Susie Steiner (HarperCollins Publishers, The Borough Press)
- We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre)
- The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)
You can vote for your favourite here! https://harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com/vote/