Free tickets are now available for the virtual awards ceremony of the
2020 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers,
which honour the very best in crime writing.
The night is compered by book reviewer, author and journalist Barry Forshaw,
one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction.
Guest speaker will be TV presenter and Pointless creator,
Richard Osman, whose debut The Thursday Murder Club
became a record-breaking Sunday Times number one bestseller.
Barry Forshaw said: “The Daggers are one of the annual highlights in the literary calendar. The crime writing and reading community is famed for its convivial events, and although virtual, we still promise an entertaining and engaging evening for these Oscars of the crime genre.”
Winners of the Daggers – including the Gold for best crime novel, the Ian
Fleming Steel for best thriller, the ALCS Gold for Non-fiction, the John
Creasey (New Blood) for first-time authors,
and the Sapere Books Historical Dagger – will be announced on the night.
Shortlisted authors for the coveted Daggers include
Mick Herron, Eva Dolan, Abir Mukherjee, Alis Hawkins, Trevor Wood,
Casey Cep, Alex Gray, Quintin Jardine and Christopher Brookmyre,
who have stiff competition in a talented field of the best crime writers in the business.
The awards also feature the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year and the Dagger in the Library, voted exclusively by librarians, chosen for the author’s body of work and support of libraries. The winner of the Debut Dagger will also be announced – a competition for unpublished writers which can lead to them securing representation and a publishing contract.
The Daggers are regarded by the publishing world as the foremost British awards for crime-writing – and this is your chance to be there.