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Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – Harrogate – Friday

The first full day of the event is just over the halfway mark and, to be honest, the pace is such that a required recharge of batteries, phone charge and change of shirt (Chinese meal slippage over lunch) was very much needed.

The morning started off with a packed room (impressive showing after the late night yesterday for many) to greet guest of honour, John Connolly, to the stage to discuss his work with festival Chair Mark Billingham.  I’ve had the good fortune to see them in conversation on a few occasions in the past, so knew it would be an entertaining and good start to the day – filled with nice anecdotes and discussion – it certainly did not disappoint.

Rushing from the room just prior to the end of the event, I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to meet and chat with Arne Dahl (having recently enjoyed his first UK published book ‘The Blinded Man.  Interview will be posted when the dust has settled on the festival trip.

I then managed to catch about half of the ‘Crime in another Dimension’ panel – but it was certainly enough to get a great flavour of the writers’ styles and to pick up tips on yet more great books that I NEED to seek out.  Of particular note was the discussion on whether their should be a Pride and Prejudice with Machine Guns or Stuart MacBride’s bizarre but nevertheless somewhat appealing sounding ‘Winnie the Pooh & the Silence of the Piglets’ – I think he was joking, but who knows what we might expect from Mr MacBride?

Second interview opportunity of the day came with the chance to sit down with Jason Webster, whose second Max Camara novel ‘A Death in Valencia’ has just been published – again, the interview will appear on the blog as soon as poss.

A lovely meal followed at the Chinese restaurant in town, thanks to Orion books, and was very nice to spend some time with their new crime authors A.J. Cross ‘Gone in Seconds’, Harry Bingham ‘Talking to the Dead’ and Mark Peterson ‘Flesh and Blood’.  A nice lunch, only spoiled by the aforementioned food spillage on a white shirt !

But the shirt had to wait, and I am so glad it did, as the ‘Wanted for Murder – The E-Book’ panel was probably the most passionate event I have so far witnessed at the festival.  With Stephen Leather on the panel, so passionate about the power of ebooks and on his sales in particular, he was on more than one occasion up against the wrong argument and defence of ‘real’ books and real pricing by other members of the panel and audience.  Passions raised high and on more than one occasion authors were applauded for their defence – Laura Lippman and Mark Billingham delivering impassioned reactions to comments made on stage.

Okay, coffee’s nearly gone cold, phone’s charged – it’s time to start getting ready to head back to more of the festival…..


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Breaking News: Sphere prepare to launch THE CRIME VAULT

Sphere have announced the launch of a major new digital initiative, The Crime Vault, a platform for crime, thriller, and mystery e-books. The Crime Vault will be unique in its focus on both backlist and frontlist titles previously unavailable in the UK, as well as frontlist bestsellers and backlist titles from across Little, Brown Book Group. Titles acquired specially for The Crime Vault will be priced £2.99.

Backed by dedicated enewsletters and social-media marketing, www.thecrimevault.com will launch on 1 December 2012 with hundreds of titles, including new books from Charles Finch, Jennifer Hillier, Edgar nominee Bryan Gruley, Tom Clancy co-writer Mark Greaney, and international bestseller Sara Blaedel, alongside newly digitized decades-old backlist classics and leading frontlist digital bestsellers. New titles will be acquired and added monthly, and the most successful titles will move into print after their initial digital publication.

Sphere publisher Daniel Mallory said: ‘As the UK’s leading crime and thriller publisher, we’re excited to position The Crime Vault as the leading online destination for crime e.books and as the Internet’s most dynamic community for crime fans. No other digital venture in publishing offers this range and mix of genre content.’

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Breaking News!


Paula Daly at the festival on Saturday…….Read more:


Transworld Publishers are delighted to announce the acquisition of two novels by UK debut author Paula Daly.


Rachel Rayner, Commissioning Editor, bought Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and The Day Before You Came from agent Jane Gregory at a lively auction involving six major publishers.


Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is a novel that plays on one of your greatest fears – what would you do if your best friend’s daughter went missing on your watch? That’s what happens to Lisa Kallisto – an overwhelmed working mother of three – one freezing December day in the Lake District. Not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing and it’s all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to go missing from the area in the last fortnight. But, as she peels away the layers surrounding Lucinda’s disappearance, Lisa learns that all is not quite as it first appears to be.


“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Paula Daly at the beginning of what I’m sure will be a brilliant career. Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, with its terrifying premise, distinctive voice and cracking plot, has that instant word-of-mouth quality, evidenced by the enthusiastic in-house reads and immediate buzz from my colleagues across all departments here,” said Rachel Rayner.


“It has been an exciting auction and I’m thrilled that Transworld are publishing,” said Jane Gregory.


Paula Daly said: “I am absolutely delighted to be published by Transworld. It’s a real honour to be in the company of such incredibly talented authors as Kate Atkinson, SJ Watson and Belinda Bauer.”


Just What Kind of Mother Are You? will be published in Bantam Press hardcover and ebook in Spring 2013, with Paula’s second novel The Day Before You Came to come a year later. Transworld Publishers hold UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights for both books. Internationally, rights have already been sold in Germany (Goldmann Verlag), Italy (Longanesi), Holland (De Fontein (De Kern)) and Israel (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Publishing).

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