DI Andy Horton's up there at top of the most borrowed authors from UK libraries

The Public Lending Rights (PLR) league table for the most borrowed authors from British Libraries puts my books in the top 1.7%.  This includes authors of all genres and children’s authors.  This is great and reflects the increasing popularity of my Portsmouth based detective, DI Andy Horton and my standalone thrillers.

Public Lending Right (PLR) allows authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK.PLR systems have been established in many countries around the world including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France and Ireland. British authors can benefit from PLR payments in these countries which have a reciprocal agreement with the UK.

The government announced that it will not be extending PLR at this time to audio books and e books lent out by public libraries as enabled by the Digital Economy Act 2010, which is a shame because all my crime and thriller novels with the exception of Footsteps on the Shore and the new DI Andy Horton, A Killing Coast are available as unabridged audio books and all except the latest, A Killing Coast, are available as e books. PLR registration, therefore, remains restricted to books which are ‘printed and bound.’

I'd like to thank all readers who have borrowed my books from libraries across the UK and overseas.

And now is the time to nominate your favourite crime author for the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Dagger in the Library Award 2012. 

This gives readers and librarians the chance to nominate their favourite crime author.  I was delighted to reach the long list  in 2008 and would be chuffed if I made it again to either the long list or the short list.

Nominations close on 31st March 2012 so there's time to get your vote in.

Sponsored by the publishers, Random House, the Dagger is awarded to a writer nominated by library users and chosen by a panel of librarians, all of whom work with the public. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for the author’s body of work.

The nominated authors must be alive, preferably working in Britain. The award is for a body of work and entries from reading groups or individuals are submitted through libraries. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the CWA website by clicking the links at the top of the right-hand column.


Details of long-listed authors will be announced in April 2012 and shortlisted authors in May 2012. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Summer 2012.  For further information visit the CWA web site or  have a chat with your local librarian and ask them to nominate your favourite crime writer.


My books are also extensively loaned throughout  American and Commonwealth Libraries but UK authors are not eligible for PLR in the USA or Commonwealth.



A Killing Coast, the seventh in the DI Horton series was published in hardcover by Severn House  in the UK on 26 January 2012 and will be published  in the USA on 1 May 2012.

“Deserves mention in the same breath as the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey.” Booklist Starred Review of Footsteps on the Shore

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