National Crime Reading Month

About National Crime Reading Month

National Crime Reading Month is an annual initiative spearheaded and developed by the Crime Writers’ Association. It runs throughout June, this year in collaboration with The Reading Agency. It promotes crime reading right across the genre through bookshops, libraries, and venues such as museums and theatres, as well as online.

National Crime Reading Month aims to bring new books to existing readers and new readers to the world’s most popular and best-selling genre. With its close links to the small screen, gaming, theatre and film, there’s something for everyone.

‘Crime’ isn’t just the police procedural or traditional mystery many people think of. It covers everything from psychological suspense to spy thrillers, historical to sci-fi, cosy to noir, encompassing some of the world’s best-known character and authors – from Jack Reacher to Vera Stanhope, from Ian Rankin to Robin Stevens. Crime writing and true crime spawns TV, game and film adaptations across the globe with a huge following.

National Crime Reading Month culminates in the CWA Daggers at the end of June, where the UK’s most prestigious crime writing awards are handed out. Find out more about the Daggers at the CWA website.