Crime Writer’s Association announced that the recipient of this year’s prestigious Diamond Dagger is Catherine Aird. Congratulations!
Following in the footsteps of Simon Brett, P.D
James, Lee Child and Frederick Forsyth, Catherine has kept readers
entertained for six decades with her deliciously dark tales. In that
time she’s written over twenty novels, including the hugely popular
Chronicles Of Calleshire, and completed several collections of short
Despite being such a prolific and popular author, Catherine was still
surprised to discover she was to be presented the highest honor in the
crime writing genre.
“It feels very nice indeed, I can assure you!” beams Catherine. “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
The Diamond Dagger will be presented to Catherine at a glittering ceremony at the Hotel Russell in London on 30th June 2015.
“Catherine Aird is an inspirational figure to other crime writers,”
says Alison Joseph, the CWA chair.
“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.”
Each year, the CWA committee chose the winner of the Diamond Dagger
from a shortlist of authors nominated by the members. That shortlist
represents the writers whom have been judged worthy by their peers,
which makes the award so very special.
Shortlisted authors must meet two
essential criteria: first, their careers must be marked by sustained
excellence, and second, they must have made a significant contribution
to crime fiction published in the English language, whether originally
or in translation. The award is made purely on merit without reference
to age, gender or nationality.
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