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Dagger winners

Left-to right: Mick Herron, Derek B Miller, Roger Hobbs

Dagger winners announced at Crime Thriller Awards

CWA Goldsboro Gold: Mick Herron for Dead Lions
CWA Ian Fleming Steel: Roger Hobbs for Ghostman
CWA John Creasey: Derek B Miller for Norwegian by Night

Thursday 24 October: This evening, at a star-studded Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013, the winners of the last three CWA Daggers were revealed. The Awards ceremony will be televised on itv3 on Sunday October 27th at 9pm.

Mick Herron was awarded the CWA 2013 Goldsboro Gold Dagger, for the best crime novel of the Year. His novel, Dead Lions, is published by Soho Crime. The Judges described his book as “…a well written, wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel.” Mick Herron commented: “My shelves are crammed with Gold Dagger-winning novels of the past - The Mermaids Singing, Black and Blue, Bones and Silence. I can’t quite believe I get to put my own book next to them.”

The CWA 2013 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year went to Roger Hobbs for Ghostman, published by Doubleday. The Judges described his book as “…an assured and engaging novel which maintains suspense throughout and grips the reader to the very end.”

And Derek B Miller won the CWA 2013 John Creasey Dagger, for best new crime writer of the year, with Norwegian by Night, published by Faber and Faber. The judges praised “… this beautifully-written contribution to Nordic noir with a twist. It cleverly avoids many the genre’s clichés and pitfalls and emerges triumphant as a fully-dimensional gem.”

Fred Vargas and Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre Fred Vargas

First batch of CWA Dagger winners announced

Two French authors share International Dagger

“The announcement of the Daggers Awards is always an exciting moment in the CWA’s calendar” says CWA chair Alison Joseph. “For months our judges have been reading all the entries, in all the categories, and once again their shortlists show their care, discernment and thoughtfulness. The Gala Awards Dinner, held on Monday 15 July, was the culmination of all their hard work: an opportunity to celebrate the best of our genre, to award our most talented authors and, most important of all, to introduce our ever-growing readership to more books they will enjoy.”

At this year’s Dinner, held at Kings Place in London, the Crime Writers’ Association celebrated its sixtieth year and announced the first batch of winners. The highlights included:

  • The CWA International Dagger is shared between two French writers, Fred Vargas and Pierre Lemaitre, who beat off challenges from Israel, Sweden, Italy and Germany. Have the Scandinavians finally met their match?
  • Andrew Taylor has won an unprecedented third CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger with The Scent of Death, up against a strong field with all the authors either past winners or shortlisted.
  • The CWA Diamond Dagger was presented this year to Lee Child, who received it from last year’s winner, Frederick Forsyth.

Paul French was announced as the winner of the 2013 CWA Non-fiction Dagger for Midnight in Peking, the story of the murder of the adopted daughter of a former British consul in 1938 Peking, a tale which had been almost entirely overtaken by the Second World War. Mobeena Khan handed the Dagger in the Library to Belinda Bauer, also in the running for the Gold Dagger.

Stella Duffy won the Short Story Dagger, and finally Finn Clarke won the Debut Dagger for previously unpublished crime writers.

Alison Joseph concludes:
“There were so many exciting things about the evening that I don’t know where to start. It was a celebration from start to finish. A celebration of our genre, of its continuing popularity in what we know are difficult times for publishing; a celebration of the talent of crime and thriller writers, both established authors continuing to tell extraordinary and compelling tales, and also of emerging authors, beginning to find their own story-telling voice; a celebration of the publishers who continue to support our genre, who make sure that our work reaches the readers who (rightly) love it so.

“It was an opportunity to thank our sponsors, to thank the behind-the-scenes workers, the CWA committee who put in so much hard work, the judges who work tirelessly to read all the submissions in all the different categories, and who reach their conclusions with thoughtfulness and discernment, and also Lucy Santos, our Director, without whom none of it would have happened at all. It was an opportunity to meet new writers, to greet old friends, to dig out one of my lovely evening dresses and find that the moth hadn’t got to it - in fact, a success in every way.”