Up for a Nibbie: The Appeal

Janice Hallett’s debut novel, The Appeal, has been shortlisted for the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year Award at this year’s British Book Awards.

Universally known as the Nibbies (because the awards themselves are in the shape of a pen nib), the annual Awards celebrate the biggest successes in the British publishing world – from the best books to top publishers, imprints and editors; the best bookshops and booksellers; literary agents and rights people; designers, marketeers and publicity campaigns.

The Appeal has gone down a storm since it was published last year. It’s an epistolary cosy crime novel (yes!) told through the e-mails and WhatsApp messages of a not-so-cosy local amateur dramatic society. It’s a totally immersive reading experience and a brilliant example of the genre. Unsurprisingly, the first print run sold out within days. It was also a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and its bestselling debut novel of 2021. That’s quite a feat, earning Hallett a spot on a Nibbies shortlist alongside the likes of Val McDermid, Richard Osman and Paula Hawkins.

Janice’s publisher, Viper Books, has also been shortlisted in the Imprint of the Year category.

We’re delighted that Janice Hallett will be with at this year’s Monty Lit Fest to tell us all about The Appeal and its successor, The Twyford Code. Catch her at 10.00am on Saturday 11th June: details here. She’ll also be joining our Writing Comedy panel at 11.00am that same morning.

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