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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2017 announced
Chris Brookmyre and Simon Theakston
Chris Brookmyre has tonight scooped the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for
Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Award is considered one of the most coveted crime writing prizes in the country.
Widow is a story of cyber-abuse, where ‘even the twists have twists’.
It features Brookmyre’s long-time character, reporter Jack Parlabane.
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she had been
given the novel as an early Valentine’s Day present by her husband,
declaring it ‘brilliant’.
said: “I’m really quite taken aback. I’ve been shortlisted three times
before for this award, always the bridesmaid, today I get to
walk up the aisle. A book is not just the work of the author behind it.
I’d like to thank my editor, Ed Wood, for his calibre and daring that
made a good book greater. I’m mainly just very proud.”
was presented the award by title sponsor Simon Theakston and
broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the Theakston Old
Crime Writing Festival. The annual Festival, hosted in Harrogate, is
the world’s biggest celebration of the genre.
beat off stiff competition from the shortlist of six, whittled down
from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish
whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2016 to 30 April
The 2017 Award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Mail on Sunday.
Brookmyre collected a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved oak beer cask made by Theakston Old Peculier.
A special presentation was made to Lee Child - the winner of the eighth Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.
Lee Child and Simon Theakston
Child joins Val McDermid, Sara Paretsky, Lynda La Plante, Ruth Rendell,
PD James, Colin Dexter and Reginald Hill as recipients of the Award.
Child said: “It’s an honour - probably undeserved - to be placed in the
same category as the previous recipients of this prize. In particular
I would like to thank Simon Theakston for his generous and visionary
support of the genre.”
Child has been dubbed a ‘billion-dollar brand’ for his blockbuster Jack Reacher series, adapted to film by Tom Cruise.
sponsor and executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston,
said: “We’re particularly delighted to be honouring Lee Child. He is
short of a phenomenon. The Jack Reacher series tops bestseller lists
worldwide, with a staggering 100 million books sold. Lee is very
deserving of this accolade, and will have his rightful place in a
pantheon of legendary crime authors who have achieved this
honour to date.”