Special Guest Announcement! Drum Roll please….It’s


Special Guest Announcement! Drum Roll please….It’s

Hold onto your hats, and your seats, and steady that pint of Theakston’s! Heading to Harrogate for the first time ever is none other than a veritable Giant of the Genre: John Grisham! America’s favourite storyteller will square up on stage with Jack Reacher creator, and our Programming Chair, Lee Child, in an event that promises to go down in Harrogate history. Established in 2003 by crime author Val McDermid, agent Jane Gregory and arts charity Harrogate International Festivals and supported by Theakston’s from the start, 2018 marks the 16th Festival, held at Agatha Christie’s haunt, The Old Swan Hotel. Dubbed ‘America’s favourite storyteller’ Grisham is synonymous with the modern legal thriller. The lawyer-turned-author has had nine of his books adapted to film, including The Firm with Tom Cruise, The Pelican Brief starring Julia Roberts, and A Time to Kill featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey. His latest novel, The Rooster Bar, became a number one New York Times bestseller when it was released last October. It will be published in paperback in July 2018 to coincide with Grisham’s visit to Harrogate. The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is regarded as the world’s best, achieving international acclaim for the programming, organisation and inclusive atmosphere. For announcements around Special Guests at the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival sign up to our mailing list and follow @TheakstonsCrime.

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