I’ve always been a bit of an outsider, even when I’ve had hit novels. I’m certainly not one of those authors with a career plan. This year, though, has been unusual for me. First, a CWA Dagger nomination, and now selection for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, the run-up to which is currently being televised. I’ve been filmed for an upcoming segment (naturally, I’m not organised enough to remember the date of transmission).
‘The series,’ says the press release, ‘showcases the UK’s best crime fiction and drama, including a crime writing magazine show for crime fans called The Crime Thriller Club which will feature ‘Living Legends’ – interviews with established authors Martina Cole, Nicci French, Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Wilbur Smith and Frederick Forsyth, who will be inducted into the CWA Hall of Fame at the Awards Ceremony.’ It would be ungracious of me to quibble with the concept of Martina Cole being branded a ‘living legend’ but there you go.
‘At the heart of the Crime Thriller Club series,’ it continues, ‘is The Crime Thriller Book Club, with six specially selected titles whose readers who can join the discussion online. The 6 books were selected by Amanda Ross of Cactus TV and her team, whose selections for the TV Book Club created many No 1 Best Selling Authors. The featured titles are:
- Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
- Dare Me by Megan Abbott (Picador)
- Bryant and May and the Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
- The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Pan Books)
- City of Devils by Diana Bretherick (Orion)
- The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor (Harper Collins
And there you have it. I might win something for ‘longest title in shortlist’, but honestly it’s great to be nominated and I’m proud to be in the line-up. Like all these things, I don’t think I have a chance, although the last time I said that I did win (The Last Laugh Award) and my nominated acceptor, the redoubtable Barry Forshaw (seen here left at last year’s bash) accepted for me with a speech I’d emailed to him in such a tiny point-size that when he got on the stage he found he couldn’t read it.
The final announcement will be televised on October 24th.