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 September 2023 Book Of The Month is…

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

The Long Call was selected as the chosen book for this year’s Big Read, the North’s biggest book club which toured libraries across Yorkshire and the North East to celebrate crime fiction and re-engage readers with their local libraries. The free events were hosted by Luca Veste, the author of numerous crime books and the 2023 Reader-in-Residence at Harrogate International Festivals, and took place between 26-30 June.


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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.

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This month's Book Of the Month is: Spin, by Patricia Cornwell.

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The Reacher Guy: A Life in Pictures

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An Interview With Simon Conway

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Our August Book Of the Month is: The Part Time Job. By P.D. James

An Interview With Nadine Matheson

Join us, as we sit down Nadine Matheson, author of the hotly anticipated The Jigsaw Man.

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.