Friday, 23 March 2007

Criminal News ....

The agent Brie Burkeman in association with Serafina Clarke has just concluded an option on the television rights in GENTLEMEN & PLAYERS by Joanne Harris (Chocolat, Five Quarters Of The Orange) to Bentley Productions. Peter Ransley (Fallen Angel, Fingersmith) is attached to adapt.


The Daily Mail launches a first novel award in association with Transworld Publishers

The Daily Mail has teamed up with Transworld Publishers to launch the Daily Mail First Novel Award. Transworld will offer the winning author a publishing contract of £30,000 and publish the winning book in April 2008.

The award will be judged by bestselling Transworld authors Joanne Harris and Lee Child; Jane Mays, the Literary Editor of the Daily Mail; Benedicte Page, the Book News Editor of The Bookseller, and Francesca Liversidge, Senior Publishing Director of Transworld.

‘We are delighted to be working with the Daily Mail on this exciting new venture’, said Francesca Liversidge, ‘and we look forward to discovering an author with real bestselling potential. Securing that all-important first publishing contract can be fraught with difficulties and we hope this initiative will provide an opportunity for new talent to reach the marketplace.’

All entries must be original, previously unpublished d├ębut works of fiction on any subject or genre, from romance to crime, science fiction to adventure. The closing date for the competition is 2nd July 2007.

For the terms and conditions of entry go to or, or for a printed copy send a stamped addressed envelope to Daily Mail First Novel Award, Transworld Publishers, 61-63 Uxbridge Rd, London W5 5SA


On 6 April, Macmillan New Writing will publish Borderlands by young Irish author Brian McGilloway. It is the first in a brilliant new series of crime fiction novels featuring Inspector Benedict Devlin. As you will see from the attached press release, Borderlands is a gripping and remarkably well written debut. It is tightly plotted with several intertwining stories and an exceptionally strong voice.
Crime fiction reviewer Ayo Onatade has already described the book as "a highly tense, taut debut novel with the same intensity one has come to expect from established authors."
Brian's equally dazzling second novel Gallows Lane is going to be published by Macmillan New Writing next April and Pan Macmillan has just signed Brian up for a three book deal, making McGilloway the first MNW discovery to find a long-term home with Macmillan.


There's a new crime blog site in town which I recommend you should all sign up for. It's only been two weeks since its launch and has already attracted names such as Jason Starr, Ray Banks, Donna Moore, Pat Mullen, Ken Bruen and a whole lot more.
Visit to see what it is all about.


Val McDermid
has written an article for SHOTS about writing THE GRAVE TATTOO
One of the joys of writing contemporary crime fiction is the way the supposed rules of the genre have collapsed. A succession of bold and adventurous writers have opened our horizons as never before. And what that means is that writers have more opportunity to boldly go wherever their imagination takes them. The only requirement, I suspect, is not to be dull.

Read the full article here


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