Big Read

4 – 9 June 2018 | home of crime







The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will be on tour this Summer with the 10th Big Read. These free reading group events will be led by award-winning author Mari Hannah, delving into the world of James Patterson’s Detective Cross novel Along Came a Spider.

We’re encouraging as many people as possible to read this fantastic work of detective fiction. The Festival’s Reader-In-Residence and bestselling crime author Mari Hannah will be touring libraries across the North of England and opening up the discussion through social media. Join the conversation online at #BigRead2018.

Along Came a Spider, is the first book in the worldwide bestselling series and introduces Detective Alex Cross. Two children have been kidnapped from an elite private school in Washington DC, and Alex Cross is charged with finding them. The kidnapper is their maths teacher, a man named Gary Soneji. As Cross gets pulled deeper into the strange world of the kidnapper, it becomes clear he is not what he seems…

Thanks to a partnership with Penguin Random House UK and James Patterson, the Festival will be distributing free copies of the Big Read book via our partner libraries. To request a free copy of the book, please contact for futher details

“No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent—which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it.”—Lee Child