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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 A Simple Act of Violence.

The author saw off competition from a shortlist that included Ian Rankin's Doors Open, Dead Tomorrow by Peter James and Mark Billingham's In The Dark to win the GBP 3,000 prize.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, Tania Carver's The Surrogate and Gallows Lane by 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 winner.'

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 Lazybones.
 

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