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hill-reg-150x150Last Thursday evening at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival we were proud to see BBC Radio 4’s Mark Lawson present our very own Reginald Hill with the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. His speech was warm and witty and full of praise for his editor Julia Wisdom. Although he was a little put out that she had been put up in a luxurious Hotel du Vin suite while he – the prize winner – only had a standard double…

Hill has had forty books published in forty years. His first book, A Clubbable Woman, was published in 1970 and was the first in his hugely successful Dalziel and Pascoe series which went on to become a huge TV hit. His most recent novel, the standalone thrwoodcutter2jpgiller The Woodcutter, was published last week.

And … as an added bonus, enter our competition to be one of the lucky seven to win the following:

– a SIGNED COPY of Reginald Hill’s Midnight Fugue, the latest Dalziel and Pascoe novel.

– his fantastic new book The Woodcutter

– and two of the recently reissued Joe Sixsmith series.

To win, all you have to do is tell us: what is your favourite Reg Hill book, and why? Answers on a (electronic) postcard to

The competition will close on the 10th August.


  1. My favorite Red Hill Book (right now) is Eat Pray Love, why because it’s about a woman’s personal journey, it’s funny, sad and heartwarming and I’m a woman so I understand some of what she’s saying.
    Next week I hope my favorite will be The Woodcutter (hint, hint)

    Thanks for the contest

  2. A Clubbable Woman : it was very difficult trying to get hold of a copy of this novel.At times it was akin to actually playing a role in a (tracking down)investigation.It was worth the effort and made me want to read the rest of Reginald’s fiction.

  3. Trying to decide on just one was very difficult but, “Pictures of perfection” just nudged out “Dialogues of the Dead” and “Bones and Silence” for the top spot.

    Wieldy taking a turn in the spotlight, the pulling apart of supposedly “cosy” village life, and the quotes from Jane Austen’s letters which head each chapter are fabulous – my favourite is “If I am a wild beast, I cannot help it” just a perfect Austen quote for Andy Daziel!

  4. The Stranger House. I was lucky enough to get a copy signed by the author at the Harrogate Crime Festival in 2005. He gave a talk about his work and was a fascinating and down-to-earth raconteur. This book has an intricately inter-woven plot with which keeps your brain following in top gear right to the dramatic and satisfying ending.

  5. The Stranger House – Love the way that Reginald made this change of pace and style in this great supernaturally tinged mystery. Made even more special by being the first time I’d had the pleasure of hearing him speak about his work and getting my copy signed afterwards. Was so pleased to see him so deservedly rewarded at Harrogate last month.

  6. Hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to enter our Reg Hill competition!

    The competition is now closed, so if you could all send me your addresses to, I’ll start sifting through all our email and blog entries and will contact the winners by Friday 20th August!

    Best of luck!


  7. hi my favourite reginald hill book is all of them and often read twice! i just finished a midnight fuge in hospital waiting for a by pass op. it would be nice to have one to keep as all of my books come from my library.

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