Joseph Knox’s SIRENS has been shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at this year’s British Book Awards. Knox’s book will compete with five other debuts, with the winner announced on Monday 14 May at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel.
SIRENS was published by Transworld in January 2017 and went on to become a bestseller. Critical response to the novel was enthusiastic: The Times claimed that the novel launched Knox “straight into the top league of English noir,” while Jake Kerridge of The Sunday Express called it “the stand-out crime debut of the year.”
The second book in the series, THE SMILING MAN, was published in March 2018 to equally rapturous praise: The Sunday Times wrote that the Aidan Waits novels hold “the promise of a classic series,” and Val McDermid called Knox “the real deal.”
Knox will be on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book to discuss THE SMILING MAN with Mariella Frostrup on Sunday 18 March at 4 pm.