Dagger Awards for Fiction
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The Dagger Awards
The Crime Writers Association's Dagger Awards are considered the leading awards for literary crime fiction in the UK.
The CWA's top award for fiction was founded in 1955 as the Crossed Red Herring Award and in 1960 became the CWA Gold Dagger for fiction. In 1969 a runner-up prize was instituted, the CWA Silver Dagger for fiction. Since 1995, the awards have been sponsored by The Macallan Distillery and renamed The Macallan Gold and Silver Daggers.
The Macallan Daggers Awards are sponsored by The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and are managed by the Crime Writers' Association, originators of The Daggers. Previous winners of the awards have included Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Janet Evanovich, and Lady Antonia Fraser. The awards are sponsored by The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and are managed by the Crime Writers' Association, originators of The Daggers.
2002 Jose Carlos Samoza for The Athenian Murders | Hardcover
2002 Louise Welsh for her novel The Cutting Room | Hardcover
2001 Andrew Taylor for The Office Of The Dead | Hardcover
Cartier Diamond Daggers for Lifetime Achievement
For this coveted award the committee of the Crime Writers' Association selects writers who 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.
2003 Robert Barnard. The Diamond Dagger will be presented to Robert Barnard at the British Museum on 7 May, 2003: 1960 Death of an Old Goat was his first crime novel. Authored Touched by The Dead | Audio Cassette, Masters of the House (Isis Series) | Audio Cassette and Bad Samaritan | Audio Cassette, among numerous other works. In book form click here, Out of Print
2002 Sara Paretsky
2001 Lionel Davidson Three time Gold Dagger winner: 1960 The Night of Wenceslas; 1966 A Long Way to Shiloh; 1978 The Chelsea Murders. Lionel Davidson's books can be purchased here | Out of Print
2000 Peter Lovesey
2002 Ilona van Mil for Sugarmilk Falls
2001 Edward Wright for Clea's Moon | Hardcover
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