North East writer Trevor Wood is within the working for yet one more prestigious award – and you can help him win it.
Trevor’s acclaimed debut crime guide The Man on the Street, set in his residence metropolis of Newcastle, has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.
Now in its seventeenth 12 months, essentially the most coveted prize in crime fiction, introduced by Harrogate International Festivals celebrates crime writing at its greatest.
The 18 title longlist is a who’s who of top crime writers, together with the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Steve Cavanagh.
Trevor, who lives in Sandyford, mentioned: “This actually is past my wildest goals, and I’ve had some fairly wild ones. When the guide was launched simply because the bookshops closed I feared the worst.
“Twelve months on and it is combating towards the likes of Val McDermid and Ian Rankin to be named Crime Novel of the Year.”
There’s a public vote as a part of the judging and Trevor is hoping readers can help.
He mentioned: “If you have a couple of seconds you can vote on this link and help an ageing underdog newcomer beat the large weapons.
“I actually hope the Geordie nation – who’ve already been so supportive – will get behind the guide and vote as I’m going to wish all of the help I can get to beat such legends of the crime-writing world.”
It’s been fairly a a 12 months for Trevor and his guide centred round Jimmy Mullen, a homeless Falkland War veteran affected by PTSD residing on the streets of Newcastle.
Jimmy is making an attempt to lie low when towards his higher judgement he turns detective to help a younger lady discover out what has occurred to her lacking dad. Readers rapidly dubbed Jimmy ‘Sherlock Homeless’.
He has claimed the celebrated Crime Writers Association’s ‘New Blood’ Dagger for his the guide, was chosen because the Guardian Books of the Year and has additionally been shortlisted for the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award as a part of CRIMEFEST, one in every of Europe’s main crime writing conventions.
And, on top of all that, the rights to TMOTS have been snapped up by the makers of hit TV drama Line Of Duty.
Before he turned to crime fiction, Trevor was greatest identified within the North East for a collection of performs he penned with fellow North East writer Ed Waugh together with Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux.
Crime followers will likely be delighted to listen to that One Way Street, the sequel to TMOTS, will likely be out in hardback on June 10. It is already accessible in e book and audio guide format.
The full longlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of 2021 is:
Cry Baby by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere);
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster);
The Cutting Place by Jane Casey (HarperCollins, HarperFiction);
Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh (The Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction);
Black River by Will Dean (Oneworld Publications, Point Blank);
Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books);
The Guest List by Lucy Foley (HarperCollins, HarperFiction);
The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction);
The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books);
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking);
Still Life by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere);
The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable);
Death within the East by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker);
Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (Penguin, Sandycove);
A Song For The Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Orion, Orion Fiction);
Remain Silent by Susie Steiner (HarperCollins Publishers, The Borough Press);
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre);
The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction).