Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham also writes as: Will Peterson.

Recent/Upcoming Mark Billingham Books

July 23rd, 2024: The Wrong Hands

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Mark Billingham Stats: The highest rated book by Mark Billingham on Book Notification is The Last Dance, the first novel in the Detective Miller series. The second-highest rated book is Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne #2).

The most read book by Mark Billingham on Book Notification is Sleepyhead, the first novel in the Tom Thorne series. The second most read book is Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne #2).

Below is a complete list of Mark Billingham books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Mark Billingham is the Tom Thorne Series.

List of Detective Miller Books in Publication Order

List of Tom Thorne Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.3
Sleepyhead
2001
2
8.7
Scaredy Cat
2001
3
8
Lazybones
2003
4
6.8
The Burning Girl
2004
5
8
Lifeless
2005
6
8
Buried
2006
7
8
Death Message
2007
8
8
Bloodline
2009
9
7.3
From The Dead
2010
10
8
Good as Dead / The Demands
2011
11
8
The Dying Hours
2013
12
Thorne at Christmas: A Short Story Collection
2013
13
8
The Bones Beneath
2014
14
6.7
Time of Death
2015
15
8
Love Like Blood
2017
16
7
The Killing Habit
2018
17
8
Their Little Secret
2019
18
6
Cry Baby
2020
19
8.3
The Murder Book
2022

List of Triskellion Books in Publication Order (as Will Peterson)

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Great Lost Albums (With: David Quantick, Martyn Waites, Stav Sherez)
2014

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Mark Billingham Anthologies in Publication Order

Mark Billingham: Biography

Mark Billingham (Mark Philip David Billingham) was born on July 2nd, 1961 and is currently 62 years old. Mark Billingham was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, England. Billingham attended University of Birmingham where he received a B.A. Drama.

Mark Billingham is the author of the Tom Thorne series which currently consists of 19 novels. The Tom Thorne series started in 2001 with the novel Sleepyhead. The most recently released novel in the Tom Thorne series was The Murder Book which was released in 2022. There are no upcoming novels for the Tom Thorne series.

In 2003, Mark Billingham received the Sherlock Award which is an award for the best detective in a fiction series. This was awarded for the Detective Inspector Tom Thorne series. Specifically, the In the Dark novel won this award.

Along with being an author, Mark is also a stand-up comedian. He began his role in stand-up comedy in the late 1980s.

Following his earning a degree, Mark helped create Bread & Circuses, which was a socialist theatre company.

Mark has played many theatre roles, and also played a character in the UK TV show Maid Marian and her Merry Men.

Mark received some interesting inspiration for his novel Scaredy Cat, as him and his friend Peter Cocks were actually kidnapped in a hotel room, where they were tied up and gagged and had everything stolen from them.

Mark has been involved heavily in the TV industry, and the TV show Whats That Noise which he presented as well as wrote, was the winner of the Best Entertainment Programme awards in 1995.

Mark was shortlisted for the 2015 Dead Good Reader Award in The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location category for the location, Bardsey Island, in his novel The Bones Beneath.

Mark Billingham: Awards & Accolades

Mark Billingham has won multiple awards including: The Theakston's Old Peculier, Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction, in 2020 and the Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2022. Mark Billingham was also nominated for multiple awards including: The Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2004, , Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2005, , Crime Thriller Awards, The Bestseller Dagger, in 2011, , Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2015, and the Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2019.

Billingham's books have also won multiple awards, Lazybones won Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year, in 2005. Death Message won Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year, in 2009. Time of Death won The Dead Good Reader Award, The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics, in 2015.

The following novels by Mark Billingham were also nominated for these awards:

  • Scaredy Cat: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2002). Barry Award, Best British Crime Novel (2003).
  • Lazybones: Barry Award, Best British Crime Novel (2004).
  • The Burning Girl: Barry Award, Best British Crime Novel (2005).
  • Lifeless: Barry Award, Best British Crime Novel (2006). British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2006).
  • Buried: Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2008).
  • In the Dark: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2009). Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2010).
  • From The Dead: Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2011).
  • Rush of Blood: Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2013).
  • Time of Death: Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2016).
  • Die of Shame: The Dead Good Reader Award, The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book (2016).

Mark Billingham: TV/Movies Based on Books

An adaptation of the Tom Thorne series was made for Sky1 in the UK. It aired for one series in 2010 and was called Thorne. There were six episodes with the first half of the series being based on the novel Sleepyhead, and the second half of the series is based on Scaredycat. Actor David Morrissey played the role of DI Tom Thorne, and it also featured Aidan Gillen and Eddie Marsan. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

His novel In the Dark, which was a standalone novel, was made into a 4 episode UK TV series for the BBC in 2017. Parts of the novel Time of Death were also adapted for this show and it was written by Danny Brocklehurst. The lead character, DI Helen Weeks, was played by actor MyAnna Buring.

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Mark Billingham: F.A.Q

When was Mark Billingham Born? How old is Mark Billingham?

Mark Billingham was born on July 2nd, 1961. Mark Billingham is currently 62 years old.

Where was Mark Billingham Born?

Mark Billingham was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, England and is English.

What awards has Mark Billingham won?

Mark Billingham has won the following awards: Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction at Theakston's Old Peculier (2020) and the Dagger in the Library Award at the Crime Writer's Association Award (2022).

What book awards has Mark Billingham won?

Lazybones: Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (2005).
Death Message: Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (2009).
Time of Death: The Dead Good Reader Award The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics (2015).

What was the first book Mark Billingham wrote?

The first novel written by Mark Billingham was Knight School, published in 1998.

What was the most recent book Mark Billingham wrote?

His most recently released work was The Last Dance on May 25th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Mark Billingham?

Mark Billingham has a new book coming out on July 23rd, 2024 called The Wrong Hands.

How many books has Mark Billingham written?

Mark Billingham has written 32 books. 2 books in the Detective Miller Series, 19 books in the Tom Thorne Series, 3 books in the Triskellion Series, 6 Standalone Novels, 1 book in the Non-Fiction Books, 1 book in the Short Story Collections.

What role in the police force does Tom Thorne have?

As the Tom Thorne series begins, he is a detective inspector.

Does Mark Billingham write books with Peter Cocks?

Yes he does. They co-author books and use the pseudonym of Will Peterson.

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    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    I read my first Mark Bilingham novel Buried in 2006 and it was only last year that I started from the beginning. I have now read most of the Tom Thorne novels and also watched the TV adaptation.

    What makes Sleepyhead the debut an incredible novel is the unique twist he puts in the serial killer story.

    I love Tom Thorne as a protagonist as he is some kind of rebel that loves to skirt on the edge of the rules to advance his investigations.

    I found the TV adaptation of Tom Thorne quite captivating and I watched most of the episodes over the past year. David Morrissey does a good job acting out the character of Thorne.

    Tobily McSmith
    Tobily McSmith
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    2 years ago

    There are writers out there who are former cops or detectives, there are writers out there who were criminal psychologists, and then there is Mark Billingham.

    Mark Billingham was kidnapped and held hostage. He was bound and gagged by criminals who stole from him before they got away.

    That experience lead to the writing of “Scaredy Cat”. I had to read “Sleepyhead” first because that came before it in the book list, but hearing that story really made me want to read that book. The terror felt in that book is real and a window into what Billingham went through that night.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    I had no idea that Mark Billingham wrote crime fiction, which is odd because I read ‘Sleepyhead’ a decade ago. I remember buying the book and loving it.

    Then I discovered ‘Maid Marian and her Merry Men’ because my nephews couldn’t get enough of it, learned about Billingham’s contribution to the show, stumbled across his stage musicals based on ‘Maid Marian and her Merry Men,’ and decided that he couldn’t be the same Billingham that wrote ‘Sleepyhead.’

    But I was wrong. I read the author’s biography on this page and remembered that the same Billingham responsible for ‘Sleepyhead’ had also penned ‘Knight School.’

    It’s almost like I’m seeing Billingham for the very first time. I can’t wait to delve into his crime fiction.

    DavidEdge
    DavidEdge
    6 months ago

    A new series from Mark Billingham based in Blackpool with a really quirky detective! Can’t wait for the next episode!

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