Catherine Aird has been awarded the Crime Writer’s Association Diamond Dagger award.
The Diamond Dagger winner is chosen by the CWA committee from a shortlist of writers judged worthy by their peers. Shortlisted authors must have sustained excellence in their careers and made a significant contribution to crime fiction published in English, whether originally or in translation.
Aird has been writing for six decades and has penned more than 20 novels and several collections of short stories.
Speaking about her win, Aird said: “It feels very nice indeed, I can assure you. I am absolutely delighted. I’m so glad to be part of such a happy group as the CWA and we do all tend to read each other’s work. I think I’ve enjoyed writing my books probably more than my readers have enjoyed reading them.”
The Diamond Dagger will be presented to Aird at a glittering ceremony at the Hotel Russell in London on 30th June as part of Crime Reading Month.
Alison Joseph, the CWA chair, said: “Catherine Aird is an inspirational figure to other crime writers. Not only is her writing irresistible and wonderful, but she’s also a great champion of other authors and of crime writing itself. That makes her the perfect choice to receive this year’s Diamond Dagger.”
Previous winners of the Diamond Dagger include Simon Brett, P D James, Lee Child and Frederick Forsyth.