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Mark Billingham longlisted for Theakston's Old Peculier Award

16th May 2011

The longlist for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award has been unveiled, with two-time winner Mark Billingham once again in contention for the GBP 3,000 prize.

Established in 2005, the award recognises the finest crime fiction produced by British and Irish authors published between January 1st 2010 and May 31st 2011, with Billingham shortlisted for his novel From the Dead.

Billingham won the award in 2005 and 2009 for Lazybones and Death Message, respectively, and is shortlisted alongside another previous winner, Val McDermid, who scooped the prize in 2006 for The Torment of Others.

Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston, said he is 'delighted' that British and Irish crime fiction continues to thrive and 'fly the flag' for literature in those countries.

A shortlist will be announced on July 1st, with the winner being named at the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on July 21st.

Last year, R. J. Ellory won the award for A Simple Act of Violence, described by the judging panel as 'a most impressive, fascinating and surprising book and a worthy winner'.

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