We are absolutely delighted to see Fiona Barton‘s debut novel, The Widow, shortlisted for Crime and Thriller of the Year at the British Book Awards and the CrimeFest Sounds of Crime category for best unabridged crime audiobook published in the UK. The winners will be announced on 8th May and 20th May respectively. The Widow is also a finalist for the 2016 Strand Critics’ Awards, in the Best Debut Novel category.


The Widow was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller in hardback and paperback, and has sold over half a million copies in its 37 territories worldwide. As if that’s not enough, the hardback edition was the UK’s bestselling debut crime thriller of 2016, and as a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, it stormed to victory in the public vote.


We are therefore thrilled to see Fiona in a shortlist that includes some other heavyweights of the genre,  and confident she can go all the way!



The Widow by Fiona Barton (Bantam Press)
Dodgers by Bill Beverly (No Exit Press)
Night School by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant (Mulholland Books)
Conclave by Robert Harris (Hutchinson)
I See You by Claire Mackintosh (Little, Brown)



Rachel Abbott for Kill Me Again, read by Lisa Coleman (Bolinda / Audible)
Fiona Barton for The Widow, read by Clare Corbett (Bolinda / Audible)
Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Sphere)
Holly Seddon for Try Not to Breath, read by Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek & Katy Sobey (Bolinda)
Ben Aaronovitch for The Hanging Tree, read by Kobna Holdbrook– Smith (Orion Publishing Group)
Lee Child for Night School, read by Jeff Harding (Transworld Digital)
Anthony Horowitz for Magpie Murders, read by Allan Corduner & Samantha Bond (Orion Publishing Group)
Peter May for Coffin Road, read by Peter Forbes (Riverrun).


By the way, several of the above authors are big fans of Fiona’s second crime novel, The Child, which will be published in June – see what they thought of it here.