Hodgson wins CWA Dagger

Hodgson wins CWA Dagger

Little, Brown editor-in-chief Antonia Hodgson has won the CWA Historical Dagger prize for her debut novel The Devil in Marshalsea (Hodder), a crime thriller set in London's infamous debtor's prison in 1727.

The prize was handed over at a CWA Dagger Awards dinner yesterday (30th June), hosted by historian and author Lucy Worsley, alongside a series of awards for a range of crime writing.

Longlists for other awards, including the Goldsboro Gold Dagger prize for best crime book of the year were also announced on the evening, with Simon Beckett and Louise Penny making the list.

The Non-Fiction Dagger when to Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark for The Siege (Viking), an account of the three days when terrorists held hostages in the Taj hotel in Mumbai.

The International Dagger went to Arturo Perez-Reverte for another book titled The Siege (Weidenfeld), a novel set amid the siege of Cadiz, translated by Frank Wynne.

Judy Sabral, a journalist, won the Debut Dagger for an unpublished work with her book The Movement, set in Turkey. The Short Story Dagger went to John Harvey for his story Fedora, published in Deadly Pleasures (Severn House).

Meanwhile Simon Brett has been awarded the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger award for his contribution to crime fiction.

The full longlist for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger is made up of Stone Bruises by Simon Beckett (Bantam), The Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (Doubleday), Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (Bantam), First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson (Constable), How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Sphere), What She Saw by Mark Roberts (Corvus), The Verdict by Nick Stone (Sphere) and The Corporal's Wife by Gerald Seymour (Hodder).

The longlist for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for thriller of the year includes Never Go Back by Lee Child (Transworld), Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (Faber), 419 by Will Ferguson (Head of Zeus), An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Random House), I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Bantam), The Abduction by Jonathan Holt (Head of Zeus), Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (HarperCollins) and The Corporal's Wife by Gerald Seymour (Hodder).

Also announced was the longlist for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, which rewards the best novel by a first time author of any nationality, published in English. The list is made up of Night Heron by Adam Brookes (Sphere), The Strangler Vine by M J Carter (Fig Tree), The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle), I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Bantam), The Silent Wife by A S A Harrison (Headline), The Devil in Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder), Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (Headline) and Black Chalk by Christopher J Yates (Harvill Secker).