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Davis to be awarded Cartier Diamond Dagger Award

Historical novelist Lindsey Davis is to receive the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Cartier Diamond Dagger for "outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing".

Davis will receive the award, previously awarded to authors including Val McDermid and Andrew Taylor, at a date and venue yet to be confirmed.

Tom Harper, chair of the CWA, said: "This is the highest award the CWA can bestow and Lindsey Davis is a worthy winner. Her novels have long delighted her worldwide band of followers and the Dagger is a fitting recognition of her achievements."

Davis added: "The Diamond Dagger is the ultimate accolade for a crime author, because it is given by fellow writers and is not just for one book but your work as a whole over the years. I am absolutely delighted and honoured to receive the Cartier award."

Davis, a previous chair of the CWA, is well  known for her Marcus Didius Falco novels. The 20th Falco novel, Nemesis, was published last year.