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ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards 2008
ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards
The nominees have now been announced for the inaugural ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, which will be hosted on 3rd October 2008 by Alan Davies.
The glittering, star-studded bash will be held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, celebrating the very best of the crime thriller genre, with awards focusing on the best of British and international crime thriller novels, films and TV series. The Crime Thriller Awards are the culmination of a seven week Crime Thriller Awards Season on ITV3.
Host Alan Davies said: “The nominees for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards are so varied – from Ashes to Ashes to The Dark Knight – it really highlights the breadth of the crime thriller genre and the amazing standard of work that is available at the moment”
Author of the Year:
Peter James (Not Dead Enough, Pan), Robert Harris (The Ghost, Hutchinson), Lee Child (Bad Luck and Trouble, Bantam) and Ian Rankin (Exit Music, Orion).
International Author of the Year:
Jeffery Deaver (The Sleeping Doll, Hodder & Stoughton), Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Quercus), Karin Slaughter (Skin Privilege, Arrow) and PJ Tracy (Snow Blind, Penguin)
Breakthrough Author of the Year:
Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Pan), Stuart MacBride (Broken Skin, Harper), Michael Robotham (Shatter, Sphere) and Anne Zouroudi (The Messenger of Athens, Bloomsbury)
ITV3 Writer’s Award for Classic TV Drama:
Colin Dexter, Ian Rankin, PD James, Lynda La Plante, Val McDermid and Ruth Rendell.
Reflecting the overall high quality of writing on the list, Nikita Lalwani’s novel, Gifted, has already been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Glen Dimplex Fiction Award 2007; The Outcast by Sadie Jones has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction; Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann has been selected for the Richard & Judy 2008 Book Club; and Adam Foulds, author of The Truth About These Strange Times has recently won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2008.
In the spirit of Desmond Elliott, the judges are looking for a first novel which is intelligent with broad appeal; a novel which is a page turner, but which makes you pause for thought and a novel which has word of mouth appeal.
The Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 longlist is as follows:
Penny Vincenzi, Chair of the Judges, comments, “This list of books, wide-ranging in both its scope and genre – tragedy, comedy and mystery are all there! – embodies the vibrant nature of new writing published in this country today. This is a list that truly sparkles – something, I am sure, Desmond Elliott would very much approve of.”
Vincenzi is joined on the judging panel by Tatler Editor, Geordie Greig and author and journalist Cristina Odone.
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