Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Longlist for CWA Dagger in the Library announced

The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce the longlist for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2011. The CWA Dagger Awards celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing, and are the longest established literary awards in the UK. These premier awards in crime fiction are recognised internationally as a mark of excellence. The CWA Dagger in the Library is sponsored by The Random House Group.

Authors are nominated by UK libraries and Readers’ Groups and judged by a panel of librarians. The Dagger is awarded to an author for a body of work, rather than a single title. The prize money is £1500 to the author, plus £300 to a participating library's readers' group.

The shortlist will be announced at the CWA reception at CrimeFest, Bristol on May 20. The winner will be announced, along with other Daggers, during the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, on the evening of July 22

Dagger longlist 2011
  • Bolton, SJ
  • Brodrick, William
  • Ellory, RJ
  • Goodwin, Jason
  • Griffths, Elly
  • Hannah, Sophie
  • Harvey, John
  • Hayder, Mo
  • Hill, Susan
  • Hurley, Graham
  • James, Peter

  • Kerr, Philip

  • Rickman, Phil

  • Sansom, CJ

  • Taylor, Andrew

  • Tyler, LC
Nice to see a couple of authors I met and interviewed last year, RJ Ellory and Peter James, on the list, along with some other terrific crime writers.


  1. I hope CJ Sansom makes the shortlist.

  2. SHADOW SISTER was originally published in Dutch in 2005, but has recently become Van Der Vlugt's second psychological thriller to be translated into English. Here is the blurb for the English-language version (pictured):