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Stephen Booth

Nominated Title: One Last Breath
Publisher: Harper Collins

'One Last Breath' - review

A journalist for over twenty-five years, a Rugby Union aficionado and a breeder of dairy goats, Stephen Booth wrote his first novel at the age of twelve.

Stephen was brought up in Blackpool where he became editor of his school magazine. Progression was only a matter of time and he began work on his first newspaper in Cheshire in 1974 on which Stephen was a specialist rugby union correspondent. He also worked night shifts as a sub-editor on the Daily Express and The Guardian, followed by periods with local newspapers in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Stephen's first published novel, Black Dog – which introduces DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to the world of Crime fiction – was named by the London Evening Standard as one of the six best crime novels of 2000 and was the only book on their list written by a British author. Since then, six other Cooper and Fry novels have followed with Scared To Death being the latest published by Harper Collins.

Stephen is now settled in Nottinghamshire with his wife, three goats and three cats and gave up journalism in 2001 to concentrate full-time on his writing.

Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 06

  Martin Edwards: twice nominated for CWA Daggers, his nomination for the Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival is for his Lake District Mystery, The Coffin Trail published by Allison & Busby. .
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Coffin Trail' by Chris High

  Susan Hill: award-winning author was first published in 1961 and is nominated for her book The Various Haunts of Men published by Long Barn Books.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Various Haunts Of Men' by Chris High

  Lindsay Ashford: since becoming published in 2003 her career has marched on from strength to strength and is nominated for only her second novel, Strange Blood.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Strange Blood' by Chris High

  Val McDermid: one the nation’s foremost, respected and most popular authors is nominated for her book The Torment Of Others published by HarperCollins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Torment Of Others' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin: best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, which are mainly set in Edinburgh is nominated for his book Fleshmarket Close published by Orion.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Fleshmarket Close' by Chris High
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