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Mark Billingham


Nominated Title: "Lazy Bones"
Other Titles: "Sleepyhead" "Scaredy Cat" "The Burning Girl" "Lifeless"
Publisher: Little, Brown / Time Warner

''Lazy Bones' - review by Chris High
Mark Billingham - writer and bestselling author

It doesn't harm being a little mad to be a good writer. The necessity of self-imposed solitude, after all, almost begs for the onset of insanity. Mark Billingham, however, takes the call to extremes; he must be insane to perform stand-up comedy as just one of his other roles in a professional life that encompasses his being an actor, comedian, award-winning television writer and novelist. All appear on his impressive CV that shows little sign of slowing up.

Variety, so they say, is the spice of life.

Mark first came to prominence as a novelist with the first of his DI Tom Thorne novels, Sleepyhead, published in 2001, with Scaredy Cat following in 2002. Thorne features in all of Mark's novels to date and the author was awarded 2003 Sherlock award for Best Detective by a British writer.

Success and acclaim have been far reaching. The Sunday Express called his fourth novel, The Burning Girl, " Disturbing and ruthlessly compelling," whereas The Toronto Globe & Mail described Sleepyhead as "A sensational debut," with Time Out dubbing Scaredy Cat "Taut, gripping and stylish".

Mark enjoys being involved in a world that he once looked in on as a passionate reader. 'The most wonderful thing about being a published writer,' he told Writing Magazine recently, 'is that you get to hang out with other writers who are your heroes.'

Mark lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.

www.markbillingham.com

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Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

  
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