Monday, July 21, 2008

Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year - Winner

As anyone who's interested probably knows by now, Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves won the Theakston's prize - £3000 and a miniature beer casket - last Thursday. Maxine (Petrona) and I were there, and were very pleased to see the sole female representative win. For a more objective reason as to why she's a worthy winner, read Maxine's review of The Tenderness of Wolves.

Also, from the Guardian:
Speaking to the Guardian earlier today, the chairman of the judges, Val McDermid, was keen to claim Penny's novel for the crime fiction genre. "This is a book about a murder and its consequences," she said, "and that's a crime novel almost by definition."

According to McDermid, the distinction between crime and literary fiction is becoming increasingly blurred and irrelevant. She described the decision as a straightforward judgment on the quality of the books in front of the panel: "The consensus was that this was the outstanding book."

The judges had no intention to shift the public's perception of crime fiction, she said, adding that crime writers have been writing quality fiction for years. "If it changes people's attitude to crime fiction that's a bonus," she continued, "but it wasn't the judges' motivation."


Anonymous said...

Interesting, I will have to read that Val McDermid article as I wrote a post with (what sounds like) a similar point yesterday (Sunday) on return from Harrogate.

Anonymous said...

Good choice. Great book.