Don’t miss crime writing king Jo Nesbo in Harrogate

Author Jo Nesbo.
Author Jo Nesbo.

By Graham Chalmers

Crime writer, rock star and former professional football player, book lovers will know Jo Nesbo better as the man behind some of the world’s biggest bestellers - and he’s coming to Harrogate this week.

Possibly the leading crime author in the world right now, the superstar novelist is appearing on Wednesday, April 8 at the Old Swan Hotel at a special one-off event with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Open to the public, the occasion is the unveiling of the full 2015 programme for Europe’s biggest event of this kind which this year runs from July 16-19.

Organisers Harrogate International Festivals couldn’t have picked a better guest as Nesbo has almost single-handedly dragged contemporaty Norwegian literature into the international limelight.

His previous books such as The Headhunters have been published in 40 countries but it’s his latest novel which will be the subject of a discussion with renowned broadcaster and writer Mark Lawson.

The number one best-selling author of the Harry Hole series set in Oslo will discuss his new thriller, Blood on Snow on the eve of its publication.

This one-off evening with the King of Scandinavian crime also offers the chance to be one of the very first to get your hands on a copy of Blood on Snow as it is not released until April 9.

Jo Nesbo will also be signing books after the event.

Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston, said: “It’s an incredible coup that Jo Nesbo is coming to Harrogate on the eve of the publication of his much anticipated new thriller.

“He is only doing a tiny handful of appearances in the UK, so it’s a great indication of the reputation we now have as the crime writing capital of Europe.

“We’re also delighted to host our official launch party on the night to announce the full 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival which is hosted at the Old Swan Hotel this July.”

It’s also an opportunity for fans to see the novelist in person before his fame rises further - for the globally popular Harry Hole books are soon to be turned into a film.

Tickets for the Jo Nesbo event are available at the festival box office on 01423 562 303 or online as www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com