Ned Kelly Awards 2014 shortlist

ned-kelly-awardsThe Australian Crime Writers Association announced the shortlist for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards on Saturday evening at the Bendigo Writers Festival. I was absolutely thrilled to be on the spot when my latest novel The Dying Beach was included among the books nominated for 2014 Best Crime Novel.

This makes it 3/3 books nominated for Ned Kelly Awards for me. What a buzz!

I am also rapt to be sharing the Best Crime Novel shortlist with some of my favourite contemporary Australian authors, three of us — myself, Garry Disher and Stephen Orr — sharing a publisher in Melbourne-based Text Publishing (who also published one of the Best True Crime nominated books).

Australian Crime Writers Association chair, Michael Robotham, described this year’s shortlists as among the strongest in the 19-year history of the prizes.

‘I can’t remember a time when the competition was so fierce and the quality so high.’

I certainly don’t envy the judges’ their task – you can read their comments on the shortlisted books here.

The full list of nominees is below. Winners will be announced on 6  September at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

2014 BEST CRIME NOVEL

Garry Disher, BITTER WASH ROAD
Kathryn Fox, FATAL IMPACT
Adrian McKinty, IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE
PM Newton, BEAMS FALLING
Stephen Orr, ONE BOY MISSING
Angela Savage, THE DYING BEACH

2014 BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL

Peter Cotton, DEAD CAT BOUNCE
Candice Fox, HADES
Alex Hammond, BLOOD WITNESS
Ellie Marney, EVERY BREATH

2014 BEST TRUE CRIME

Paul Dale, DISGRACED?
John Kidman & Denise Hofman, FOREVER NINE
Eleanor Learmonth & Jenny Tabakoff, NO MERCY
Colin McLaren, JFK: THE SMOKING GUN
Duncan McNab, OUTLAW BIKERS IN AUSTRALIA
John Safran, MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI

2014 SANDRA HARVEY SHORT STORY AWARD

Louise Bassett, HOUSEWARMING
Darcy-Lee Tindale, THE SCARS OF NOIR
Roger Vickery, VOICES OF SOI 22
Emma Viskic, SPLINTER
Emma Viskic, WEB DESIGN

 

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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10 Responses to Ned Kelly Awards 2014 shortlist

  1. John Marlton says:

    Hello there,

    Congrats on you inclusion in the shortlist – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    Please say hello to Olgamary. Please tell her I had Ainsworth and Andrew for afternoon tea today.

    Best wishes to you all.

    John M

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    • angelasavage says:

      Thanks John. Olgamary got to my panel with Michael Robotham and Garry Disher but unfortunately had to leave before the Ned Kelly Awards shortlists were announced. We’ll have to celebrate when we meet for dinner on Thursday.

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  2. Oh, Angela, I am so happy for you! This such exciting news. I wish all of you the best. And I think The Dying Beach is definitely Neddy-worthy 🙂

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    • angelasavage says:

      Thanks Margot. As Michael Robotham says, it’s a very tough field this year. I couldn’t pick a winner from that shortlist. But I appreciate the vote of confidence.

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  3. araneus1 says:

    you are a legend kid!
    Terry

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  4. FictionFan says:

    Congratulations, Angela! What an achievement! I’ll have fingers crossed for you…

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  5. kathy d. says:

    Congratulations to you, Angela! The nomination is so well-deserved, as “The Dying Beach” is quite a good read on all fronts: social issues, characters, readability and humor.
    This is the only book I’ve read of the Best Crime Novel nominations, so I better get moving.

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    • angelasavage says:

      Thanks Kathy. I feel like the nominated is something good to share with fans of Jayne Keeney like yourself.

      I’ve read most of the shortlisted books in both the Best Fiction and Best First Fiction categories. That’s why I know it’s going to be a tough call on the winners.

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