LEE CHILD, DAVID LAGERCRANTZ, FIONA BARTON, DENNIS LEHANE AND MORE FIGHT IT OUT IN THIS YEAR’S CRIMEFEST AWARDS
2018 awards shortlist announced for CrimeFest’s 10th anniversary. The shortlist includes a mix of established names in crime fiction as well as a host of new talent.
International bestsellers Lee Child and Anthony Horowitz will be fighting it out in the listener-voted Audible
Sounds of Crime Award, with other competition including David Lagercrantz’s The Girl Who Takes an Eye for
an Eye and Fiona Barton’s hit psychological thriller The Child.
Dennis Lehane, the author behind some of cinema’s greatest modern thrillers such as Shutter Island has
been shortlisted for the eDunnit Award for Since We Fell, alongside Tartan Noir author Christopher
Brookmyre for Want You Gone, and Ken Bruen’s The Ghost of Galway.
Following the 125th year since Sherlock Holmes, one of Britain’s greatest literary creations, was first
published in print, the H.R.F. Keating Award for best non-fiction book explores the social and cultural history
of the world’s most celebrated fictional detective in shortlisted books by Christopher Sandford, Michael
Sims, Benjamin Poore and Sam Naidu. Also nominated are Mike Ripley and past winners Martin Edwards
and Barry Forshaw (the latter for American Noir).
For Best Crime Novel for Children (aged 8-12), crime fiction power couple Santa & Simon Sebag Montefiore
are up against Dermot O’Leary’s Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. The Zoella Book Club 2017
novel Girlhood by Cat Clarke is up for the Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (aged 12-16), alongside
bestseller Sophie McKenzie’s SweetFreak and Patrice Lawrence’s Indigo Donut.
The winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner hosted by Toastmaster Robert
Thorogood, creator of Death in Paradise, on Saturday, 19 May. For full shortlist details, please see below.
Representing his fellow organisers, CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller said:
“CrimeFest is thrilled to announce such an eclectic and exciting shortlist for our tenth CrimeFest Awards.
Over the past decade the awards have highlighted breakthrough debut novelists as well as a number of
established crime fiction authors delving into children’s fiction and nonfiction. We are also pleased to
continue showcasing audiobooks which have undergone a meteoric rise since we began presenting our
awards. We are all extremely proud and excited to present the 10th annual CrimeFest awards, and find out
who wins on 19th May.”
The 10th anniversary of CrimeFest this year will host crime fiction royalty Martina Cole, Lee Child and Peter
James as some of the top names set to speak at this year’s convention. Close to 500 attendees, including
CRIMEFEST – 17 – 20 May 2016
‘One of the best Crime-Writing Festivals in the World’ – The Guardian
more than 150 authors, agents, publishers and crime fans from across the globe, will descend on the city for
a jam-packed four days of over 60 speaking events and panel discussions.
For the full line-up of authors visit www.crimefest.com/authors-delegates
THE 2018 CRIMEFEST AWARDS SHORTLISTS
The winners will be announced at the CRIMEFEST Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 19 May.
SHORTLIST DETAILS:
H.R.F. KEATING AWARD
The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in
the British Isles in 2017. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed
crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a
commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
Nominees for the H.R.F. Keating Award:
– Martin Edwards, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (British Library)
– Barry Forshaw, American Noir (No Exit Press)
– Sam Naidu, Sherlock Holmes in Context (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Benjamin Poore, Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Mike Ripley, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (HarperCollins)
– Christopher Sandford, The Man Who Would Be Sherlock (The History Press)
– Michael Sims, Arthur & Sherlock (Bloomsbury)
– Nick Triplow, Getting Carter (No Exit Press)AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in
2017 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest
provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook
reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
Nominees for Best Unabridged Crime Audiobook:
– Fiona Barton, The Child (Audible Studios), read by Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, Fenella
Woolgar & Steven Pacey
– Lee Child, The Midnight Line (Transworld), read by Jeff Harding
– J.P. Delaney, The Girl Before, (Quercus), read by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams & Lise Aagaard Knudsen
– Sarah A. Denzil, Silent Child (Audible Studios), read by Joanne Froggatt
– Alice Feeney, Sometimes I Lie (HQ – Harper Collins), read by Stephanie Racine
– Michelle Frances, The Girlfriend (Pan Macmillan Audio), read by Antonia Beamish
– Anthony Horowitz, The Word is Murder (Penguin Random House Audio), read by Rory Kinnear
– David Lagercrantz, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Quercus), read by Saul Reichlin
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the
winning title.
eDUNNIT AWARD
The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic
format in the British Isles in 2017. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
Nominees for the eDunnit Award:
– Chris Brookmyre, Want You Gone (Little, Brown Book Group)
– Ken Bruen, The Ghosts of Galway (Head of Zeus)
– Michael Connelly, The Late Show (Orion)
– Joe Ide, IQ (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
– Dennis Lehane, Since We Fell (Little, Brown Book Group)
– Steve Mosby, You Can Run (Orion)
– Gunnar Staalesen, Wolves in the Dark (Orenda Books)
– Sarah Stovell, Exquisite (Orenda Books)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish
the shortlist and the winning title.
LAST LAUGH AWARD
CRIMEFEST – 17 – 20 May 2016
‘One of the best Crime-Writing Festivals in the World’ – The Guardian
The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2017. The
winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
Nominees for the Last Laugh Award:
– Simon Brett, Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen (Little, Brown Book Group)
– Christopher Fowler, Bryant & May – Wild Chamber (Doubleday)
– Mick Herron, Spook Street (John Murray)
– Vaseem Khan, The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star (Mullholland Books)
– Khurrum Rahman, East of Hounslow (HQ – HarperCollns)
– C.J. Skuse, Sweetpea (HQ – HarperCollins)
– Antti Tuomainen, The Man Who Died (Orenda Books)
– L.C. Tyler, Herring in the Smoke (Allison & Busby Ltd)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish
the shortlist and the winning title.
BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR CHILDREN (8 – 12)
This award is for the best crime novel for children first published in the British Isles in 2017. The winner
receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
Nominees for the Best Crime Novel for Children:
– Linwood Barclay, Chase (Orion Children’s Books)
– Kieran Crowley, The Misfits Club (Macmillan Children’s Books)
– Helena Duggan, A Place Called Perfect (Usborne Publishing)
– Santa & Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape from the Tower (Simon & Schuster)
– Dermot O’Leary, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape (Hodder Children’s Books)
– Alex T. Smith, Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure (Hodder Children’s Books)
– Harriet Whitehorn, Violet and the Mummy Mystery (Simon & Schuster)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults voted to
establish the shortlist and the winning title.
BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR YOUNG ADULTS (12 – 16)
CRIMEFEST – 17 – 20 May 2016
‘One of the best Crime-Writing Festivals in the World’ – The Guardian
This award is for the best crime novel for young adults first published in the British Isles in 2017. The winner
receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
Nominees for the Best Crime Novel for Young Adults:
– Cat Clarke, Girlhood (Quercus Children’s Books)
– Zana Fraillon, The Ones That Disappeared (Orion Children’s Books)
– Will Hill, After the Fire (Usborne Publishing)
– Patrice Lawrence, Indigo Donut (Hodder Children’s Books)
– E. Lockhart, Genuine Fraud (Hot Key Books)
– Sophie McKenzie, SweetFreak (Simon & Schuster)
– Teri Terry, Dark Matter: Contagion (Orchard Books)
– Teresa Toten, Beware That Girl (Hot Key Books)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults voted to
establish the shortlist and the winning title.
www.crimefest.com
~ENDS~
For more information or to arrange an author interview, please contact Kitty Langton at
Midas Public Relations on 020 7361 7860 or kitty.langton@midaspr.co.uk

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