The usual suspects at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Longlists Announced for Three Book Categories in the

Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2011 at Harrogate Festival

Completely Integrated Crime Thriller Screen and Retail Season Launches in August

Harrogate, Friday, 22nd July, 2011-Specsavers, Cactus TV and ITV3, in partnership with the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), are pleased to announce three key book longlists and one shortlist for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on ITV3, celebrating the very best of British and International crime thriller fiction.

The longlisted categories revealed today are the CWA Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, and the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year. The shortlisted category announced today is for the ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger. The lists for all four are as follows:


  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Pan)
  • Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder (Bantam Press)
  • Snowdrops by A.D Miller (Atlantic Books)
  • The Cypress House by Michael Koryta (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Orion)
  • The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Orion)
  • The Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle (Pan)
  • White Heat by M.J McGrath (Mantle)


  • An Agent of Deceit by Chris Morgan Jones (Mantle)
  • Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson (Doubleday)
  • Cold Rain by Craig Smith (Myrmidon)
  • Savages by Don Winslow (Heinemann)
  • The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth (Corgi)
  • The Good Son by Michael Gruber (Corvus)
  • The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Orion)
  • The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)


  • Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson (Doubleday)
  • Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad)
  • Kiss Me Quick by Danny Miller (Robinson)
  • Or The Bull Kills You by Jason Webster (Chatto & Windus)
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton (Piatkus)
  • The Dead Woman of Juárez by Sam Hawken (Serpent’s Tail)
  • The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury)
  • The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (Hodder)


  • David Baldacci – The Sixth Man (Macmillan)
  • Lee Child –  Worth Dying For (Bantam)
  • Mark Billingham – Good As Dead (Little, Brown)
  • Peter James – Dead Man’s Grip (Macmillan)
  • Peter Robinson – Before the Poison (Hodder)

The shortlists for the CWA Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, and the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year will be announced on Monday 22nd August.

The 2011 season documentary series called The A to Z of Crime was also announced today, starting on Thursday 1st September at 9.00pm on ITV3. This follows the huge success of the 2010 Crime Documentaries season, which reached an audience of nearly 4 million viewers. The actual awards show saw a 67% increase in reach to 970,000 including repeats. ITV3 will be showing 6 x 1 hour documentaries in the lead up to the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, featuring five specially selected bestselling authors as listed above.

In the six weeks leading up to the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2011, the British public will get the chance to vote for the ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger both by phone and online. The winner will be presented with their award at the glamorous awards ceremony on 7th October, celebrating the very best of Crime & Thriller fiction.  Voting is now open and full details on how to vote are below.

Emma Tennant, ITV Controller of Digital Channels, says: “Crime drama is a big part of what ITV3 does and is extremely popular with our viewers. The A to Z of Crime is a great fit for the channel and I’m delighted that we are broadcasting the series as well as the Crime Thriller Awards.”

Richard Holmes, Specsavers marketing director, says: ‘Last year’s Crime Thriller Awards were another great success and we’re very proud to be involved in this annual showcase of world class writing. I’m enjoying the shortlisted titles and really looking forward to hearing the results of the awards. As ever, I can’t wait to find out how it all ends.’

The Executive Producer for the Awards and the Crime Season, Cactus TV’s Amanda Ross added:

“I’m delighted that Specsavers and ITV have given me such a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the stars, writers and creators of the most popular genre of entertainment. It’s gratifying to see The Specsavers Crime Thriller Daggers and our Crime Thriller season reach such a wide audience.”

Peter James, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, comments: “The annual and much coveted Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards is a fantastic celebration of the depth and breadth of crime fiction and the authors who write it. The long list is packed with great crime authors who write in depth and with the greatest intelligence about human life, the human condition, and issues that affect the lives of each and every one of us. That is what great writing always has been about and always will be. Indeed, this is a booming time for Crime fiction, which is more popular today throughout the western world than any other form of fiction writing.”

Last year’s winners for the Crime Writers’ Association Daggers included Belinda Bauer, Simon Conway and Ryan David Jahn, with Film and TV daggers going to Benedict Cumberbatch (Best Actor Award),  Maxine Peake (Best Actress Dagger for Criminal Justice) and Inception (Film Dagger 2010) among others.


Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2011 will take place on Friday, 7th October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and will be televised on ITV3 on the 11th October. The 2011 Awards are the fourth annual produced by Cactus TV for ITV3, and the third annual sponsored by Specsavers and in conjunction with the Crime Writers’ Association.                                                                                                                 


Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director. Specsavers has more than 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Austral
ia. Specsavers was voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians for the tenth year running by Reader’s Digest in 20119. More information can be found at:  

Cactus TV

Cactus TV is a member of the ALL3MEDIA group and run by husband and wife team Simon and Amanda Ross. Productions include Saturday Kitchen for BBC1, Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain for BBC2, Rachel Allen, Galaxy British Book Awards and 8 years of the Richard & Judy show live from Cactus studios.


ITV3 is the UK’s second most popular digital channel and its focus on character driven narrative and drama helps the channel attract an upmarket audience. ITV3 is available on Freeview (channel 10), Freesat (115), Sky Digital (119) and Virgin Media (116).

Crime Writers’ Association

The Crime Writers’ Association has a membership of over 450 writers of fiction and non-fiction. Its main aims are to promote the crime genre and to support professional writers. The CWA has been

providing social and professional support for its members for more than half a century, as well as administering the prestigious Dagger Awards. The Daggers name and Crossed Daggers logo are registered Trade Marks of the Crime Writers’ Association, and are used under licence. For further information on the CWA: or contact [email protected].

ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger Voting Information

To vote for their favourite Author the public can call 09016 16 14 and add:

01 for LEE CHILD





Or vote online at

Each vote costs no more than 36p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will be considerably more. There is no charge for votes made online. Lines close at 9am on the 7th October 2011. Votes made after this time will not be counted by may still be charged. Terms and conditions apply. Please go to for details.


Tickets for the televised Awards event on October 7th 2011 will be limited (tables of 10 and individual tickets are available). For ticket information, please email Merric Davidson, Agile Marketing: [email protected]  

Media enquiries:

Please contact Claire Richman or Nicola Green at Midas Public Relations on 020 7361 7860 or [email protected] / [email protected]