Jack Reacher au­thor’s thrill at chair­ing crime-writ­ing fes­ti­val

The Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

LEE CHILD has been un­veiled as the chair­man of the world’s big­gest crime-writ­ing fes­ti­val.

The Jack Reacher au­thor – whose nov­els sell at a rate of one ev­ery nine sec­onds – will be pro­gram­ming chair­man of the 2018 Theak­ston Old Pe­culier Crime Writ­ing Fes­ti­val in Har­ro­gate in July.

The fes­ti­val, in its 16th year, is held at Agatha Christie’s haunt The Old Swan Ho­tel and fea­tures more than 90 best­selling crime au­thors. The Mail on Sun­day is the of­fi­cial me­dia part­ner for the fes­ti­val’s Crime Novel of the Year Awards. The fes­ti­val has pre­vi­ously hosted iconic names such as P. D. James, Jo Nesbo and J. K. Rowl­ing (as her pen­named Robert Gal­braith). Child, 63, who was born in Coven­try but now lives in New York, launched his new Reacher thriller, The Mid­night Line, last week. His pre­vi­ous book, Night School, was the UK’s big­gest-sell­ing hard­back novel of 2016.

He said: ‘It’s a chal­lenge to fol­low in the foot­steps of au­thors such as Peter James, Val McDer­mid and Ann Cleeves as pre­vi­ous pro­gram­ming chairs, but I guar­an­tee I’ll be bring­ing some very spe­cial names to 2018’s fes­ti­val. Har­ro­gate is by far my favourite on the cir­cuit, so it is a real hon­our and de­light to be tak­ing the helm.’

Child won the Theak­ston Old Pe­culier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2011 and re­ceived the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Crime Fic­tion Award this year.

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