Longlist for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2021 Announced

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By Sarah Morgan

After being cancelled in 2020, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is heading back to Harrogate this summer. While visitors and fans of the genre eagerly await news of which top-class talents will be taking part in the event, which runs from July 22-25, its organisers have just announced the longlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year – the winner is traditionally revealed on the opening night of the festival.

The nominees are truly global, with their tales taking readers from California to Calcutta and Edinburgh to Ireland.

Harrogate stalwarts Val McDermid (Still Life) and Mark Billingham (Cry Baby) are in the running, alongside crime fiction titan Ian Rankin (A Song for the Dark Times).

McDermid is probably thrilled to see many of those who have taken part in her New Blood panel (which highlights the work of up-and-coming writers) included alongside her – Will Dean (Black River), Eva Dolan (Between Two Evils), Abir Mukherjee (Death in the East) and Trevor Wood (The Man on the Street).

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Others making up the list are Steve Cavanagh (Fifty Fifty), Lucy Foley (The Guest List), Chris Witaker (We Begin at the End), Doug Johnstone (The Big Chill), Liz Nugent (Our Little Cruelties), Jane Casey (The Cutting Place), Elly Griffiths (The Lantern Men), Susie Steiner (Remain Silent), Brian McGilloway (The Last Crossing) and Louise Candlish (The Other Passenger).

The nominees will be whittled down to just six, and the public is invited to vote for their favourites via harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com.

“The way the global obsession with the crime genre continues to grow year on year is simply astonishing and this year’s longlist proves the remarkable talent on offer in crime writing – from legends of the craft to eager-eyed newcomers,” says Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston.

“The shortlist is already too close to call so we encourage all to get voting! A hearty toast of Old Peculier to all longlisted authors for this coveted award – and we look forward to what we know will be a fiercely fought competition!”

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