Stuart Turton

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Stuart Turton is an English internationally bestselling author[1] and journalist.

Early life[edit]

Turton was born and raised[2] in Widnes, England and educated at The University of Liverpool, where he received a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy. After graduating, he spent a year working as a teacher in Shanghai,[3] before becoming a technology journalist in London. He moved to Dubai to become a travel journalist, living there for three years until he returned to London to write his first novel.

Career[edit]

Turton's debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (released in the US as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle[4]) won the First Novel Award at the 2018 Costa Book Awards[5] and has sold in 28 languages.[6] Since publication, it has sold over 200,000 copies[7] in the UK. In an interview given to The Guardian, he described writing the book as "just awful".[8]

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle received a number of other accolades. It won Best Novel in the 2018 Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards.[9] That same year, it was shortlisted for a New Writers' Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards,[10] Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards,[11] and longlisted for a New Blood Dagger and Gold Dagger at the Crime Writers' Association Awards.[12]

Val McDermid selected Turton to appear on her New Blood panel at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.[13] In 2019, it was shortlisted for Best Debut Novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards[14] and longlisted for the Glass Bell Award.[15]

In October 2020 Turton's second novel was published, The Devil and the Dark Water.[16] It was shortlisted for the 2020 Books Are My Bag Fiction Award.[17] It was also selected for Between the Covers, a seven-part book TV programme on BBC Two hosted by Sara Cox.[18]

In December 2020 it was announced that Netflix had bought the rights to a seven-part series adaptation of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, produced by House Productions, and to be created and written by Sophie Petzal.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloomsbury.com. "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ Turton, Stuart (11 January 2019). "Stuart Turton on Widnes: 'It was famous for its smell. On bad days, the air punched you in the nose'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Long march to mutual understanding". The Independent. 20 November 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Is the name any sort of homage to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo". goodreads.com. Retrieved 25 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Costa Book Awards | Behind the beans | Costa Coffee". www.costa.co.uk. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Recent Successes | Marsh Agency". Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  7. ^ Illingworth, Harry (22 August 2019). "Some excellent news: @stu_turton's The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has now sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone! What a bloody brilliant achievement and huge congratulations also to @Alison_Edits and @BloomsburyRaven on phenomenal work". @harryillers. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  8. ^ Flood, Alison (7 January 2019). "Costa first novel award winner recalls 'awful' time writing his book". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Books Are My Bag Readers Awards". National Book Tokens. National Book Tokens. Retrieved 19 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Shortlists". National Book Awards. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Fiction Debut Book of the Year | British Book Awards | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ "The Crime Writers' Association". thecwa.co.uk. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ "New Blood". Harrogate International Festivals. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  14. ^ "And the Nominees Are... The Nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards | Strand Magazine". Strand Mag. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  15. ^ Books, Goldsboro (23 July 2019). "The Home of Signed First Editions". Goldsboro Books. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  16. ^ "The Devil and the Dark Water". Bloomsbury.com. Bloomsbury. Retrieved 19 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2020". National Book Tokens. National Book Tokens. Archived from the original on 19 October 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Celebrity authors and panellists announced for Between The Covers". BBC.co.uk. BBC. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ Hackett, Tasmin (16 December 2020). "Netflix UK picks up Turton's Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". The Bookseller. Retrieved 30 December 2020.

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