Books  |  Sep 29, 2021

Chris Whitaker wins Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Chris Whitaker’s We Begin at the End was awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021, selected by public vote, the Prize Academy and a panel of expert judges. The award was presented at the opening night ceremony for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, by Harrogate international Festivals at the Old Swan Hotel on 29th September.

This is Whitaker’s first nomination, for his powerful story of crime, punishment, love and redemption set in Coastal California. The award is run by Harrogate International Festivals, sponsored by T&R Theakston Ltd, and is open to full length crime novels published in paperback in the previous year. The longlist is selected by an academy of crime-writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the festival Programming Committee, and representatives from partners T&R Theakston Ltd, the Express, and WHSmith.

Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “The contest for this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award has been fiercely fought – a reflection of the outstanding quality of all the longlisted and shortlisted crime fiction published within the last year. I offer Chris Whitaker my hearty congratulations for clinching the title on his first ever nomination for his powerful and insightful We Begin at the End.”