October 12, 20126:01 am
Charles Cumming has been awarded the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, for his latest spy thriller A Foreign Country. The win was announced at the closing of the inaugural Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival in Stirling.
The judges chose A Foreign Country out of 40 entries, with the chair of the panel Sheena McDonald saying that “A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming is far more than a pacy novel with a satisfactory ending. This book is exciting, imaginative and well-written. It doesn’t simply tick the crime-fiction boxes – it’s simply an outstanding novel.”
A delighted Charles Cumming said, “It’s a huge honour to win such a prestigious award in the first year of this fantastic festival.”
August 13, 20106:24 am
This week saw the announcement of the nominees in three categories for this year’s Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.
CWA GOLD DAGGER 2010
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (Corgi/Transworld)
Blood Harvest by S J Bolton (Bantam Press/Transworld)
Shadowplay by Karen Campbell (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Way Home by George Pelecanos (Orion)
CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER 2010, SPONSORED BY IAN FLEMING PUBLICATIONS LTD
A Loyal Spy by Simon Conway (Hodder & Stoughton)
Innocent by Scott Turow (Mantle)
The Dying Light by Henry Porter (Orion)
The Gentlemen’s Hour by Don Winslow (Heinemann/Random House)
CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER 2010
Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn (Macmillan New Writing)
Rupture by Simon Lelic (Picador)
The Holy Thief by William Ryan (Mantle)
The Pull of the Moon by Diane Janes (Constable & Robinson)
A great mix of authors on the list, with some strong titles. We’re still mulling over who we’ll be lending our support to…
June 9, 20094:02 am
The Crime Writer’s Association have announced the (multiple) shortlists they have for their annual awards. Reserved for the crème de la crème of the Fiction world they take place on 15th July and this year’s list emcompass everything from Steig Larsson’s hugely successful The Girl who Played with Fire to Arnaldur Indriadason’s Arctic Chill part of the Inspector Erlendur series.
Previous Gold Dagger winner Robert Wilson will be featured over the coming weeks as part of the Sinister Summer season, so check back for an exclusive blog.
Maxine Clarke over at Petrona has posted her thoughts on this year’s shortlist. Check out what she thinks…