Mukherjee and Mina Shortlisted for Theakstons Award

We are thrilled to announce that A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee and The Long Drop by Denisa Mina have been shortlisted for the Theaksons Crime Novel Award 2018.

The six titles on the shortlist will feature in a six-week promotion in libraries and W H Smith stores. The winner, decided partially by the results of a public vote and also by the deliberation of a judging panel, will be announced at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on 19th July.

The judges are festival programming chair Lee Child, Nick Johnson of W H Smith, Matt Nixson of The Mail on Sunday, BBC Radio 2 Book Club producer Joe Haddow and Theakston executive director Simon Theakston.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland; Agent for Denise Mina: Peter Robinson)

RCW Authors Longlisted for Gordon Burn Prize

We are delighted that To Throw Away Unopened by Viv AlbertineH(A)PPY by Nicola Barker and The Debatable Land by Graham Robb have been longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2018.

The prize seeks to reward some of the boldest and most fearless new books published in the United Kingdom and the United States. Denise Mina was the winner of the 2017 prize for her true crime novel, The Long Drop.

The shortlist will be announced on 19 July and the prize itself will be awarded at Durham Town Hall at the Durham Book Festival, a Durham County Council festival, on Thursday 11 October 2018.

For more information, please see here.

Agent for Viv Albertine: Georgia Garrett; agent for Nicola Barker: Matthew Marland; Agent for Graham Robb: Natasha Fairweather)

Christopher de Bellaigue and Sam Knight Shortlisted for Orwell Prize

We are thrilled that two RCW authors have been shortlisted for Orwell Prizes. The Islamic Enlightenment by Christopher de Bellaigue has been shortlisted for the Book Prize 2018 and Sam Knight has been shortlisted for the Journalism Prize for three of his articles.

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, The Orwell Foundation awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. The Prize was established in its present form by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick in 1994, ‘to encourage writing in good English – while giving equal value to style and content, politics or public policy, whether political, economic, social or cultural – of a kind aimed at or accessible to the reading public, not to specialist or academic audiences.’

The winners will be announced at a Prize Ceremony on 25th June, George Orwell’s 11th birthday.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Christopher de Bellaigue: Natasha Fairweather; agent for Sam Knight: Emma Paterson)

Abir Mukherjee Longlisted for Three CWA Daggers

RCW is delighted to announce that Abir Mukherjee‘s A Necessary Evil has been longlisted for three Dagger Awards by the Crime Writers Association: Gold, Ian Fleming Steel and Historical.

The CWA Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded. Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

Most of the awards are nominated by the books’ publishers.

The CWA Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year. The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded for the best thriller. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that “one simply has to turn the pages”; this is one of the main characteristics that the judges will be looking for. Finally, the Historical Dagger is awarded to the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, set in any period up to 35 years prior to the year in which the award will be made.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the autumn.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland)

Abir Mukherjee Selected for the Zoe Ball Book Club

We are thrilled that A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee has been selected for the Zoe Ball Book Club on Cactus TV.

Mukherjee’s exceptional crime novel is one of ten titles selected and curated by co-founder of Cactus TV Amanda Ross, who was behind the original Richard & Judy TV Book Club, with advice from an expert panel. The format for the show, airing from 17th June (ITV, 8.30am), will see Ball joined by celebrity guests for 10 consecutive weeks to discuss the books, while authors will tell the story of their books in a film.

The TV book club is being supported by major retailers including Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Waterstones, Foyles and WH Smith, with sponsor Specsavers helping 3,000 libraries across the UK promote the titles, which will also be available via Amazon and in over 300 independent bookshops.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland)