Sisters in Crime Australia last night presented the 14th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Although my shortlisted novel The Dying Beach didn’t win Best Adult Novel, I was delighted to see the prize go to one of my favourite Australian authors, Honey Brown, for her novel Dark Horse.
The complete results are:
Best Adult Novel: Honey Brown, Dark Horse (Penguin Books Australia)
Best Young Adult Novel: Karen Foxlee, The Midnight Dress (UQP)
Highly commended in this category were:
Ellie Marney, Every Breath (Allen & Unwin)
Felicity Pulman, A Ring Through Time (Harper Collins)
Best Children’s Novel: Jen Storer, Truly Tan: Spooked! (Harper Collins)
Best True Crime Book: Anna Krien, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport (Black Inc)
Best Debut Book (Any category): Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (Picador Books)
Readers Choice: Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (Picador Books)
Guest of honour South African writer Lauren Beukes presented the awards. Earlier in the evening, Lauren was interviewed by Sue Turnbull about her writing career. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren, together with Australian author Terry Hayes, on the panel Licence to Thrill, as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Lauren is an intelligent and engaging speaker and has become for me a writer to watch. I will be reviewing her latest novel, Broken Monsters, on Radio National Books & Arts Daily on Wednesday 10 September.
Congratulations to all winning authors of this year’s Davitts. And bravo Sisters in Crime for another stellar evening.
Read the Sisters in Crime media release here.