Since 2004, the annual New Blood panel at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate has become one of the most anticipated events on the publishing calendar. Val McDermid has hosted her New Blood panel since 2004, celebrating ‘criminally good’ debut crime authors of that year. Fiona Cummins, represented by our sister agency C+W, has also been selected for her novel Rattle.
This is not the only commendation for Jane Harper this year: The Dry has won two awards at the Australian Indie Book Awards, claiming its own category for Debut Fiction but also taking the overall Book of the Year award. The novel is a story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice, played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.