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Simon Kernick

Nominated Title: "The Murder Exchange"
Other Titles: "The Business Of Dying" "The Crime Trade"
"A Good Day To Die"
Publisher: Books At Transworld

''The Murder Exchange' - review by Chris High

Simon Kernick - bestselling author and writer

Given that the maxim by which most authors work is "Write What You Know", it may be expected that one of Simon Kernick's characters may, in future, be clubbed to death with an uprooted Christmas Tree.

The (un-) enviable occupation of Christmas Tree Uprooter is just one of the many that Simon held before coming back to what he loves most, writing.

His first published novel, "The Business Of Dying", was greeted with much critical acclaim in 2002, with The Independent calling it "The Crime debut of the year," and The Guardian regarding it as "A gem of a book".

"The Murder Exchange", Simon's second novel published during June, 2003, was dubbed by The Sydney Morning Herald as "A superior, even original, crime thriller," and proves that he is no one-hit-wonder.

Simon has written two further books; "The Crime Trade" (2004) and "A Good Day To Die" (2005) with another in the pipeline and are all published by Books At Transworld.

Simon lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters.

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

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' 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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Writing gets me away for a while' from this world and into one where I, alone, can make or
break the rules as I see fit.” - Chris High 2003.
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