Dagger awards from CWA

Dagger awards from CWA

Writers Lee Child, Andrew Taylor, Belinda Bauer and Stella Duffy were among those receiving awards from the Crime Writers Association (CWA) at a gala dinner held in London yesterday (15th July) to celebrate the organisation's 60th year. The longlists for the Gold, Steel and John Creasey Daggers were also revealed.

Lee Child received the CWA Diamond Dagger, voted for by members of the CWA, celebrating his "outstanding body of work in crime fiction". Meanwhile Andrew Taylor won his third award in the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, having also won in 2001 and 2003. His book The Scent of Death (HarperCollins) is set in the American War of Independence and was praised by judges for its "phantasmagoric, heightened reality".

The CWA International Dagger was given to two writers, Pierre Lemaitre for Alex, translated by Frank Wynne (MacLehose Press), and Fred Vargas for The Ghost Riders of Ordebec, translated by Siân Reynolds (Harvill Secker). Paul French won the CWA Non-fiction Dagger for Midnight in Peking (Viking), telling the story of a real-life murder in 1930s China. Stella Duffy won the CWA Short Story Dagger, the second time she has won, with her story Come Away With Me, published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 10 (Constable).

Transworld author Belinda Bauer won the CWA Dagger in the Library award, nominated by libraries. Finn Clarke won the CWA Debut Dagger and a £700 for her unpublished work, Call Time.

At the awards, presented by Gyles Brandreth, the longlists for the Gold, Steel and John Creasey Daggers were revealed, with the winners to be announced in the autumn.

Gold Dagger:

Belinda Bauer for Rubbernecker (Bantam/Transworld)
Lauren Beukes for The Shining Girls (HarperCollins)
Sam Hawken for Tequila Sunset (Serpent’s Tail)
Mick Herron for Dead Lions (Soho Crime)
Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion)
Sara Paretsky for Breakdown (Hodder & Stoughton)
Michael Robotham for Say You’re Sorry (Sphere)
Don Winslow for The Kings of Cool (Heinemann)

Steel Dagger:

Roger Hobbs for Ghostman (Transworld)
Liz Jensen for The Uninvited (Bloomsbury)
Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Pan Macmillan)
Stuart Neville for Ratlines (Random House)
Mark Oldfield for The Sentinel (Head of Zeus)
Andrew Williams for The Poison Tide (John Murray)
Robert Wilson for Capital Punishment (Orion)

John Creasey Dagger:

Roger Hobbs for Ghostman (Doubleday)
Hanna Jameson for Something You Are (Head of Zeus)
Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Mantle)
Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion)
Derek B Miller for Norwegian by Night (Faber and Faber)
Thomas Mogford for Shadow of the Rock (Bloomsbury)
Michael Russell for The City Of Shadows (Avon)
M D Villiers for City of Blood (Harvill Secker)