Our fellow blogger Colin Cotterill won the British Crime Writers’ Association 2009 prize “Dagger in the Library.” The award is an important one as it is based on the author’s body of work. Colin also faced some stiff competition. Below is from the CWA website announcing the awards.
Well done, Colin.
The CWA Dagger in the Library
Colin Cotterill has won this year’s CWA Dagger in the Library, which carries a prize of £1500 to the author, plus £300 to a participating library’s readers’ group.
This annual award is given to “the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to library users”; authors are nominated by UK libraries and Readers’ Groups and judged by a panel of librarians. In making the award to Colin, the judges said An unusual hero in an unusual setting. Quirky, funny and very appealing. His books are a truly beautiful read.
Previous winners have included Stuart McBride, Craig Russell and Alexander McCall Smith. The £1500 prize is sponsored by the publishers Random House.
More information, including details of the other five shortlisted authors, on the Dagger in the Library page