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Theakstons Old Peculier Award winner announced

22nd July 2011

Lee Child has been announced as the winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for his thriller 61 Hours.

This is the first win for the Coventry-born author, despite one of his Jack Reacher novels selling every few seconds somewhere in the world.

Child has sold more than 50 million books worldwide and his works have been translated into 40 different languages.

The author was presented with his GBP 3,000 prize at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on Thursday night (July 21st).

Child - who earlier this week was awarded an honorary degree from Leicester's De Montford University - beat off competition from previous winner Mark Billingham, as well as William Ryan, S. J. Bolton, Stuart MacBride and Andrew Taylor.

'All the novels on this year's shortlist were of an exceptionally high standard but 61 Hours was a clear winner,' said Simon Theakston, one of the judges on this year's panel and the executive director of T&R Theakston.

P. D. James received her second Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the event.

The 91-year-old said she was 'particularly proud' to be given the accolade.

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