North East writer Trevor Wood is in the running for yet another prestigious award - and you can help him win it.
Trevor's acclaimed debut crime book The Man on the Street, set in his home city of Newcastle, has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.
Now in its 17th year, the most coveted prize in crime fiction, presented by Harrogate International Festivals celebrates crime writing at its best.
The 18 name longlist is a who's who of top crime writers, including the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Steve Cavanagh.
Trevor, who lives in Sandyford, said: "This really is beyond my wildest dreams, and I’ve had some pretty wild ones. When the book was launched just as the bookshops closed I feared the worst.
"Twelve months on and it’s fighting against the likes of Val McDermid and Ian Rankin to be named Crime Novel of the Year."
There’s a public vote as part of the judging and Trevor is hoping readers can help.
He said: "If you have a few seconds you can vote on this link and help an ageing underdog newcomer beat the big guns.
"I really hope the Geordie nation - who have already been so supportive - will get behind the book and vote as I’m going to need all the help I can get to beat such legends of the crime-writing world."
It's been quite a a year for Trevor and his book centred around Jimmy Mullen, a homeless Falkland War veteran suffering from PTSD living on the streets of Newcastle.
Jimmy is trying to lie low when against his better judgement he turns detective to help a young woman find out what has happened to her missing dad. Readers quickly dubbed Jimmy 'Sherlock Homeless'.
He has claimed the prestigious Crime Writers Association's 'New Blood' Dagger for his the book, was chosen as the Guardian Books of the Year and has also been shortlisted for the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award as part of CRIMEFEST, one of Europe’s leading crime writing conventions.
And, on top of all that, the rights to TMOTS have been snapped up by the makers of hit TV drama Line Of Duty.
Before he turned to crime fiction, Trevor was best known in the North East for a series of plays he penned with fellow North East writer Ed Waugh including Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux.
Crime fans will be delighted to hear that One Way Street, the sequel to TMOTS, will be out in hardback on June 10. It is already available in ebook and audio book format.
The full longlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of 2021 is:
Cry Baby by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere);
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster);
The Cutting Place by Jane Casey (HarperCollins, HarperFiction);
Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh (The Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction);
Black River by Will Dean (Oneworld Publications, Point Blank);
Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books);
The Guest List by Lucy Foley (HarperCollins, HarperFiction);
The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction);
The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books);
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking);
Still Life by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere);
The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable);
Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker);
Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (Penguin, Sandycove);
A Song For The Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Orion, Orion Fiction);
Remain Silent by Susie Steiner (HarperCollins Publishers, The Borough Press);
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre);
The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction).