The shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced. The authors to make the shortlist are –
In the Dark by Mark Billingham
The Surrogate by Tania Carver
A Simple Act of Violence by R J Ellory
The Crossing Place by Elly Griffiths
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
Gallows Lane by Brian McGilloway
Doors Open by Ian Rankin
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The shortlist of eight books was whittled down from twenty. Voting is now open to all.
According to the Bookseller, Harvill Secker have launched a sight for international writing. The site www.International writing.co.uk will focus on Harvill Secker titles and include books published by other Random House imprints. However the publisher has said it aimed to be as wide-ranging as possible. More information can be found here.
Channel 4 have commissioned Top Boy an East London based crime thriller about a gang of youths based in Hackney.
Top Boy has been written by Ronan Bennett who is best known for the film Public Enemies and TV dramas The Hamburg Cell and Fields of Gold. More information can be found here.