Book of the month

Welcome to Book of the Month. Every month, we pick one book we love and share it with you. Get ready for amazing tales, can’t miss books and conversation – online and in real life.

Read along with us, and crime fiction fans across the UK, and  join the conversation by using the hashtag #HIFYoureBooked.

Our pick for April 2023 Book Of The Month is…

The Translator by Harriet Crawley

Set in Moscow and centred on a devastating Russian plot to sabotage the undersea communication cables linking the US to the UK, this is not only a sizzling and pacy thriller, but a passionate love story between two people determined to stop this cataclysmic act


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You’re Booked

Welcome to You’re Booked – bringing the very best of Harrogate International Festivals to your digital doorstep. Here you’ll find a host of author interviews, book reviews, and a peak inside their houses as authors share with us their bookshelves, their must-reads and the book they always go back to.

Get involved and contact us with your own book reviews, articles and blog posts. You have the right to remain silent, but that would be exceedingly dull. Put your feet up and make yourself at home!

A #Shelfie With Mark Billingham

Take a peak at Mark’s bookshelf, it's rather excellently full, reflecting his taste not only in reading, but in collectibles and pop culture.

An Interview With… Oyinkan Braithwaite

Meet Oyinkan Braithwaite author of the #TheakstonAward shortlisted My Sister The Serial Killer

An Interview With… Adrian McKinty

Meet Adrian McKinty author of the #TheakstonAward shortlisted The Chain.

An Interview With… Mick Herron

Meet Mick Herron, author of the #TheakstonAward shortlisted Joe Country.

An Interview With… Helen FitzGerald

Meet Helen FitzGerald author of the #TheakstonAward shortlisted Worst Case Scenario

An Interview With… Abir Mukherjee

Meet Abir Mukherjee author of the #TheakstonAward shortlisted Smoke And Ashes

An Interview With… Jane Harper

Meet Jane Harper author of the #TheakstonAward shortlisted Joe Country

Book Of The Month: July 2020

Our July Book Of the Month is: Cry Baby, by Mark Billingham.

Meet Author Mark Edwards

Mark sits down with us to talk about The House Guest, his brilliant new psychological thriller.

Meet Karen Hamilton Author Of The Last Wife

Karen Hamilton is back with The Last Wife, her hotly anticipated second novel.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Shortlist Announced

International shortlist revealed for crime writings premier prize.

Book Of The Month: June

We are so excited to share that The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton is our June pick for the HIF Book Of the Month!

Meet John Marrs Author Of What Lies Between Us

Meet the fantastic author John Marrs, as he talks about his new book 'What Lies Between Us' and glimpses the bright lights of Hollywood.

Author’s Bookshelf with Romy Hausmann

Romy Hausmann author of our Book of the Month, Dear Child, welcomes us into her cabin In the woods and shares the books that make her bookshelves.

Book of the Month: May 2020

Check out our Book of the Month for May!

Great Audiobooks To Listen To In Lockdown

There has never been a better time to get into audiobooks.

Books to keep your teens entertained

Books To Keep Your Teens Entertained With a little helping hand from recent TV and film adaptations including Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, books written with

Book of the Month: April 2020

We've hand-picked our Book of the Month for April

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight – a review

Reader Review Reconstructing Ameliay by Kimberley Mccreight I downloaded this on a whim whilst in a pub trying to avoid football, and it certainly beat watching sport. Reconstructing Amelia is Kimberley McCreights debut novel. The

Q&A With Lucy Foley

An Interview With Lucy Foley We were so excited to have you at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival this year! What’s your favourite thing about the festival? For me it’s the wonderful