Lee Child, Robert Galbraith, Stephen King and Anthony Horowitz are among the authors shortlisted for the 2015 Crimefest Awards.
Child’s Personal, read by Jeff Harding (Penguin Random House Audio) is shortlisted for the £1,000 Audible Sounds of Crime Award, given to the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2014 in print and audio and available for download on the Audible UK website. Galbraith, the pen name of J K Rowling, is also shortlisted in this category for The Silkworm, read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown Book Group), while King is shortlisted for Mr Mercedes, read by Will Patton (Hodder & Stoughton).
In the same category, Anthony Horowitz is shortlisted for Moriarty, read by Derek Jacobi & Julian Rhind-Tutt (Orion Publishing Group), alongside Peter James for Want You Dead, read by Daniel Weyman (Macmillan Digital Audio). Completing the shortlist are: Ben Aaronovitch for Foxglove Summer, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Publishing Group); Jo Nesbø for The Son, read by Sean Barrett (Penguin Random House Audio); and James Oswald for The Hangman’s Song, read by Ian Hanmore (Penguin Random House Audio). Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.
Linwood Barclay, Lawrence Block and Charles Cumming are all up for the eDunnit Award for best crime fiction e-book, whilst Christopher Fowler and Chris Pavone are amongst the names nominated for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel award. The full shortlists, which also include the nominees for the H.R.F. Keating Award for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction, can be found on the website.
Representing his fellow organisers, CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller said: “It is very gratifying to see that many of the shortlists include both past winners and new names. We take pride in acknowledging and highlighting the relatively new formats of audio and e-books, as well as under-appreciated genres such as humorous crime fiction, biographies and non-fiction books related to crime-writing. The shortlists will provide great summer reading – or listening – for everyone."
He added that the shortlists and winners for the awards are “independently voted for by equal numbers of male and female reviewers for national newspapers and websites dedicated to crime fiction”.
The CrimeFest crime fiction convention will be held in Bristol from 14th to 17th May, with speakers including Child, Maj Sjöwall, James Runcie and Sophie Hannah.
The winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday 16th May.
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