Wednesday 14 January 2009
Andrew Taylor Wins 2009 Diamond Dagger
The Crime Writers' Association announced yesterday (13th Jan) that the 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing, goes to Andrew Taylor.
Andrew Taylor is the best-selling author of the Richard-and-Judy choice ' The American Boy ' and the highly-acclaimed ' Bleeding Heart Square ' which is just about to come out in paperback. We reviewed the book when published which you can read here.
Andrew Taylor's first novel ' Caroline Minuscule ' won the CWA's John Creasey Award. He is the only author to have won the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger twice, for ' The Office of the Dead ' and ' The American Boy ' (about the English boyhood of Edgar Allan Poe), which also won the US Audie in the literary fiction category. He has been shortlisted for the Gold Dagger, the Edgar, and many other awards in the UK and abroad.
Andrew is still on cloud 9 but said, “'I am hugely honoured to receive this award. It's the sort of award that validates an entire career. What makes it particularly special is that I have been chosen by my fellow crime writers."
Lesley Horton, chair of the CWA, said: "The Cartier award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre, and Andrew Taylor has consistently shown his ability to do just that. He is a worthy recipient. The recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award is chosen by the members and committee of the CWA and is very much an honour awarded by the author's peers and thus makes it special."
Previous winners of the top award, which remains sponsored by Cartier, include P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, John le Carre and Ian Rankin. The presentation will be on 6 May at the Gore Hotel, in London. The SHOTS team will be there (as in previous years) to support and cheer the winner. From all here at SHOTS “Well done, Andrew!”