2016 Big Read

In 2016 The Big Read, run in association with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is inviting you to discover P.D. James’ classic and pioneering crime novel, ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to read this fantastic work of detective fiction this Summer.

The Festival’s Reader-In- Residence and bestselling crime author Mari Hannah will be touring libraries across the North of England and opening up the discussion online at bigread.org.uk, inviting readers to celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s greatest writers and the true Grande dame of mystery.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces Cordelia Gray, the first modern female detective in crime fiction. At the time of creating Cordelia Gray, P.D. James worked as a civil servant in the crime department of the Home Office. Regarding this novel, she wrote: “I wanted to have a young heroine of courage and intelligence who faces the problems of life with a determination to be successful in a job which everyone else thinks she won’t be able to do.”

Thanks to a partnership from Faber & Faber, the Festival will be distributing  free copies of the Big Read book via our partner libraries. To request a free copy of the book, please complete our sign up form.

Monday 9th May

Acklam Library | 11am

Killingworth Library | 2pm

South Sheilds Library | 6.30pm

Tuesday 10th May

Rowntree Park Reading Cafe | 10.30am

Ripon Library | 2pm

Skipton Library | 7.30pm

Wednesday 10th May

South Elmsall Library | 11am

Keighley Library | 2pm

Holmfirth Library | 7pm

Thursday 12th May

Newcastle City Library | 11am

Hartlepool Library | 2pm

Billingham Library | 7pm

Friday 13th May

Sheffield Library | 11am

Rotherham Riverside Library | 1pm

Barnsley Central Library | 4pm