VJ Books Presents Author Mark Billingham!
Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham, England. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian, his first crime novel was published in 2001.
From an early age, Billingham can remember writing, often "funny" stories for purposes of popularity and enjoyment. As he grew older, and his interests moved towards crime fiction, he began to skew his writing that way, setting an early novel (the as-yet unpublished The Mechanic) in his native Birmingham. Inspired by the comic-crime work of Carl Hiaasen and other authors, he attempted to use his experience as a stand-up comedian and crime fan to write a similarly comic novel. Ultimately he abandoned his unfinished novel and the comic-crime genre to focus on his other idea"a book that would become Sleepyhead. Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK. It has been sold widely throughout the world and was published in the USA in the summer of 2002.
The series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne continued with
Scaredy Cat and was followed by Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, Buried, Death Message, Bloodline, From The Dead, Good As Dead,The Dying Hours,
and the most recent, The Bones Beneath. Mark is also the author of the standalone novels In The Dark and Rush Of Blood, as well as a series of children's thrillers _ Triskellion _ written under the pseudonym Will Peterson.
Scaredy Cat (2002) won the Sherlock Award for "Best Detective Novel Created by a UK Author", and was also nominated for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for "Best Crime Novel of the Year". Lifeless (2005) was nominated for BCA "Crime Thriller of the Year" Award in 2006.
An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels was screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne. An adaptation of In The Dark is currently in development at the BBC.
Mark lives in London with his wife and two children. He is currently writing his next novel.
Mark Billingham Bibliography
Tom Thorne Series
Sleepyhead - 2001
- Scaredy Cat - 2002
- Lazybones - 2003
- The Burning Girl - 2004
- Lifeless - 2005
- Buried - 2006
- Death Message - 2007
- Bloodline - 2009
- From the Dead - 2010
- Good as Dead - 2011 (aka The Demands - 2012 UK edition)
- The Dying Hours - 2013
- The Bones Beneath - 2014
- Time of Death - 2015
- Cry Baby- 2020
- In the Dark - 2008
- Rush of Blood - 2012 (UK Edition)
- Die of Shame - 2016 (UK Edition)
- Rabbit Hole - 2021
- Lazybones - 2005 Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel Of The Year
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