Well, this is one plot twist few could have predicted - and definitely not me! OUR HOUSE has only gone and won the 2019 British Book Awards Book of the Year: Crime & Thriller! It was the most exciting evening, exactly the Oscars/Baftas vibe you would imagine, with stars like David Walliams and Ruth Jones in attendance at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The Crime & Thriller Award was right at the beginning, so once I'd stammered out an acceptance speech and given a red-faced interview backstage, I was free to re-join the Simon & Schuster table for some serious champagne and gin drinking. Hands down, the best evening of my career. Thank you to all who bought, reviewed and recommended OUR HOUSE - there has been a strong word-of-mouth element to its success, which means every individual supporter has helped make this happen for me. I am a very grateful and happy author!
I'm amazed and incredibly happy that OUR HOUSE has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019, awarded at the Harrogate Festival in July! Not only is it an incredibly prestigious longlist (and a bit daunting: Val McDermid, Belinda Bauer, Mick Herron, Ann Cleeves and a dozen other dazzling talents to compete with!), but Theakston Old Peculier is also a favoured longterm tipple of my old man. Meant to be, my friends, meant to be...
I'm thrilled to report that the OUR HOUSE audiobook has been shortlisted for the 2019 Crimefest Audible Sounds of Crime Award! Outstanding work by Deni Francis as Fi and Paul Panting as Bram - and what great company we are in! You can see the full shortlist here.
I'm so pleased to cheer OUR HOUSE on its way in paperback form in the US and Canada! I hope it will find its way into the hands of many new readers - and perhaps make you clutch your house keys just that little bit tighter! Enjoy x
A great new giveaway begins today for US readers! Penguin Random House has copies of THOSE PEOPLE hot off the press - enter here (and do sign up for author news too!)...
I'm absolutely thrilled to report that OUR HOUSE has been optioned for TV by Red Planet Pictures, the makers of Death in Paradise and Dickensian! The brilliant BAFTA winner Simon Ashdown will adapt. Watch this space for more news.
I'm overjoyed to tell you that OUR HOUSE has been shortlisted for a British Book Award 2019 - Book of the Year in Crime & Thriller. I don't think I've had a book entered for an award before, let alone shortlisted, and I have to say I am LOVING the experience! A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster UK for propelling Bram and F's story to these dizzying heights!
It's my first time in Glasgow this weekend - I'll be appearing at the brilliant Aye Write festival, alongside Lisa Ballantyne. If you're local, I hope to meet you there! Meanwhile, check out the programme highlights...
US readers only: Berkley have a great giveaway starting today - you could win an early copy of THOSE PEOPLE plus a copy of OUR HOUSE. (For me, the pleasure is in seeing these two beauties side by side under the police tape...)
OK, I've yet to meet ANYONE who isn't a fan of spredges - sprayed edges - and following the lovely acid yellow ones for the OUR HOUSE, paperback, we are busy cooking up teal green ones for THOSE PEOPLE (I'm making it sound like we're in a Breaking Bad-style crystal meth lab here). Both are exclusive to Waterstones and you can now pre-order their special edition of THOSE PEOPLE!