Michael Robotham’s Life or Death wins CWA Gold Dagger

default_Michael_RobothamMichael Robotham this week won the 2015 Crime Writers Association (CWA) Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award for his bestselling 2014 standalone novel, Life or Death. The UK’s CWA Gold Dagger, together with the Edgars in the US, are considered crime writing’s most prestigious awards.

Robotham beat a tough field including Stephen King and JK Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith) to win the Gold Dagger, which was awarded at a ceremony in London.

He is the only the second Australian to win, the first being Peter Temple in 2007 for The Broken Shore.

I reviewed Life or Death when it was released last year, describing it as a “love story, crime thriller and morality tale rolled into one… [combining] skillful plotting and unrelenting suspense, with characters real enough to make you cry.” It made my Top 10 Crime Reads for 2014. I also had the great pleasure of interviewing Michael about Life or Death at the Bendigo Writers Festival.

life or deathNot only is Life or Death a deeply satisfying crime fiction from a writer at the top of his game, it has heart. The CWA Gold Dagger win did not surprise me at all.

In an article by Jason Steger, Robotham is quoted as saying, “It’s nice to win any award but you often win for the one you don’t think is your best. The nice thing about this from my point of view is that I truly believe that Life or Death is the best one I’ve written.”

Heartfelt congratulations to Michael Robotham. The award couldn’t have gone to a better book or (contrary to appearances in the above photo) a nicer guy.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel, Mother of Pearl, is published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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5 Responses to Michael Robotham’s Life or Death wins CWA Gold Dagger

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Congratulations, indeed!!! Thanks for this profile, Angela.


  2. FictionFan says:

    Great news, isn’t it? I do like when I can agree with an award for once… 😉 Life or Death also made my end of the year awards last year – but then I’ve loved every book of his that I’ve read so far, and am looking forward to reading the rest soon.

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