R.J. Ellory wins Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
23rd July 2010
R.J. Ellory is 'utterly speechless' to have won the Theakstons
Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year literary award with
Act of Violence.
The author saw off competition from a shortlist that included
Ian Rankin's Doors
Peter James and
Mark Billingham's In The
Dark to win the GBP 3,000 prize.
Tom Rob Smith,
Tania Carver's The
Surrogate and Gallows
Brian McGilloway were also nominated for the award, which was
presented yesterday (July 22nd) at the Theakstons Old Peculier
Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston and a
member of the judging panel, commented: 'The standard of the
shortlist was particularly high this year and our decision was a
tough one. However, R.J. Ellory's A Simple Act of Violence
is a most impressive, fascinating and surprising book and a worthy
The night also saw A
Clubbable Woman author
Reginald Hill handed the inaugural Theakston Old Peculier
Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.
Last year's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
title was taken by Billingham for Death
Message. The writer also won the first award in 2005 with