Crime writer Peter James wins Quick Reads Readers’ Favourite Award

Crime writer Peter James is today, Friday 21 May 2010, announced as the winner of the Quick Reads Readers’ Favourite Award.  Voted for by readers and adult learners using the 2010 Quick Reads titles, Peter was honoured for his book The Perfect Murder.  The award was presented by Gail Rebuck, Chair of Quick Reads and CEO of Random House, at a ceremony held in London as part of Adult Learners’ Week (15-21 May).

Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists.  His winning book, The Perfect Murder, is a darkly humorous take on the demise of a long-suffering married couple, and was one of ten new Quick Reads titles published on World Book Day, 4 March 2010. 

The Perfect Murder was chosen as this year’s favourite Quick Read via an online poll and beat off stiff competition from other 2010 Quick Read authors including Rolf Harris, Cathy Kelly, Alvin Hall, Alison Weir and Andy McNab.  Voters included adult literacy groups, Union Learning Representatives and library visitors along with the general public who have purchased the books.

One adult learner, aged 26 from Nottingham, commented “I loved this book – I never much liked reading at school, but this is funny, interesting and gives you ideas! I’ve got a small baby so not much time for reading, but I could really get stuck into this and I didn’t want to put it down. I’ve asked my tutor to get me all the other QR books!”

Peter James is a multi-award winning writer whose Roy Grace detective novels are published in 33 languages and have sold over five million copies worldwide, including one million in the UK. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting.  The sixth novel in the series, Dead Like You (Macmillan £18.99) is published on 27th May.

Peter’s writing reveals a unique insight into the reality of modern day police work. To ensure the accuracy of his writing, Peter works closely with Sussex CID and spends one day every fortnight with the Sussex Police, either out on patrol, attending crime scenes or in their offices. He has also worked with the police in Moscow, Munich, Melbourne, New York and Romania, and regularly attends international police conferences to ensure he is at the cutting edge of investigative police work.  

Peter is also an established film producer and script writer. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes.

Peter said of his win “I am utterly thrilled to receive this award.  In my view, a life without reading books is only half a life.  This wonderful Quick Reads initiative is spreading the joys and riches of reading to hundreds of thousands of people.  For every good book they go on to read, they have a gift for life that can never be taken away.”

Quick Reads are brilliantly written new books by bestselling authors and celebrities. Part of a campaign to get people reading across the UK and Ireland, the books are perfect for people new to reading, with little time or who simply fancy a fast, fun read.   

Peter James has also been longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. He will be speaking at the Festival on 24 July and the judges are:
Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and author
John Dugdale, Guardian associate media editor
Natalie Haynes, comedian and journalist
Simon Theakston,  Executive  Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.

For all further enquiries about Peter James and his Roy Grace novels contact [email protected]

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