Books  |  Jun 15, 2021

Rosamund Lupton and Chris Whitaker shortlisted for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021

We are so thrilled to announce that Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton and We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker are among the six novels shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, chosen by a public vote and the prize academy. Presented by Harrogate International Festivals, the award celebrates the best in crime fiction over the past year.

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton is an electrifying, pulse-racing novel about a school under siege. Set over three tense hours, it takes us deep into the heart of what it means to be human. It was The Times ‘Thriller of the Year’ and a top ten Sunday Times bestseller, and is currently being developed for television

Chris Whitaker’s latest novel We Begin At The End has recently been a smash hit in the US, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list and has been picked up by Disney to be developed as a television series. Rights have sold in over 30 territories. This sprawling, Californian crime thriller has a devastating tragedy at its core, and one of the most unforgettable protagonists we've seen in a while - the 13 year old self-proclaimed outlaw, Duchess Day Radley.

The public are now invited to vote for the winner, who will be announced on the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on July 22.