On Saturday The Telegraph and leading publisher Harvill Secker are joining forces to officially launch the most exciting new competition in crime fiction. The prize is a £5,000 book deal and, to help you win it, top authors such as Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell will be offering tips and advice in a series of exclusive online masterclasses according to Jake Kerridge.
In his article in The telegraph on the competition he states "
Crime fiction is rather like cricket: the British like to think that they invented it and they certainly codified the rules. But other nations have embraced it and become equally adept – if not more so. The British currently have a world-class side, thanks in part – and here we leave the cricket comparison behind – to an indispensable contribution from the Scots. But brilliant teams are being fielded the world over.
He goes on to state-
"We cannot be sure why crime fiction exerts the grip it does – perhaps because, as Dorothy L Sayers suggested, the form boasts an “Aristotelian perfection of beginning, middle and end” that comes less easily to other fiction – but there is no question that there are millions of readers who can’t escape from it, and don’t want to. As PG Wodehouse once said: “The most poignant bereavement of all [is] that of a man halfway through a detective story who finds himself at bedtime without the book.” If you think you have the kind of devious mind that could wield that sort of power over a reader, now’s your chance to prove it."
The full article can be read here.