2024 Theakston Old Peculier Awards Shortlist Announced

By: Brandon Williams, June 14th, 2024 6:06 pm.

The Theakston Old Peculier Awards shortlist has been released!

The namesake of the Theakston Old Peculier Awards is Theakston Old Peculier beer, which is the most popular beer of the Theakston brewery. The awards were introduced in 2005, and have been won by such authors as Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Lee Child, Denise Mina, Christopher Brookmyre, Adrian McKinty, Mick Herron, M.W. Craven, and others. A complete list of past nominees and winners is available at our Theakston’s Old Peculier Awards History section.

The shortlist consists of two awards – the Crime Novel of the Year and the inaugural McDermid Debut Award. The McDermid Debut Award is of course named for Val McDermid, who was one of the co-founders of the awards festival back in 2003.

For the prestigious award of Crime Novel of the Year, the winner will be determined by the readers themselves. Readers are encouraged to vote for their favourite novel before the end of the day on July 11th.

Crime Novel of the Year

McDermid Debut Award

Congratulations go out to the finalists!

The aforementioned festival is the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which is where the winners will be announced on July 18th in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. The winner of the McDermid Debut Award will receive a £500 cash prize, while the winner of the Crime Novel of the Year award will receive £3,000 and a handmade beer barrel trophy.

For more on the 2024 Theakston Old Peculier Awards, please see the official news release.

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