The Crime Writers’ Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey. The Dagger in the Library is a much respected and original award, dating back to 1995. The inaugural winner was Lindsey Davis, author of the popular Falco books set in ancient Rome, and the 2016 winner was Elly Griffiths, author of the Ruth Galloway forensic archaeologist series.
The longlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library was officially announced on the evening of Monday 6 February at the First Monday crime writing meeting in London.
How was the longlist selected?
The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK and previous winners include Elly Griffiths, Christopher Fowler, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotteril, Craig Russel, Stuart MacBride, Jake Arnott, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson and Lindsey Davis.
The CWA revised the 2017 Dagger in the Library format so that, uniquely among crime writing awards, only library staff were able to nominate authors. Nominations were received from 175 libraries across the UK and Ireland – with 110 authors suggested as worthy winners.
The Dagger in the Library is intended to promote crime fiction in general and, in particular, the longlisted authors. The CWA is working with The Reading Agency, local libraries and the Crime Readers’ Association to promote novels from the longlisted authors to reading groups across the country during over the next few months – and in particular to the 175 libraries already engaged with the Dagger.
We will be sharing reading group materials from the longlisted authors on our website and it will also be available on The CWA’s Dagger Reads website.
Feedback received from reading groups will be a major factor in the judges’ decision as to who should proceed to the shortlist and the eventual winner.
The 2017 Dagger in the Library longlist
Click through to any of the authors below to download more about them and the book they would recommend for reading groups.
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