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Terry Pratchett

The Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards 2005

The Crime Writers' Association are delighted to announce the results of this year's Daggers - the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing in 2005.

The winners were announced at a luncheon in the King George III Room, The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD on Tuesday, November 8th. Terry Pratchett (above) was the guest speaker. This Dagger Awards Luncheon was one of the largest the CWA has ever held, with over 300 attendees.

The CWA is very pleased to continue its association with the National Library for the Blind to promote their activities and help to raise funds. For the second year, the Foyle Foundation provided finance which has enabled all the winning books in the Dagger Awards to be converted into Braille. Crime writing being one of the most popular genres, the CWA is particularly pleased to bring it to a wider audience in this manner.

John le Carré

THE CWA DAGGER OF DAGGERS

This year, to mark the Golden Jubilee, the membership of the CWA was given the unique opportunity to vote for the past winner of the Crossed Red Herring or the Gold Dagger whom they felt was the best of the best - the Dagger of Daggers.

This is the first time that such an award has been made to a crime writer by his or her peers and the prize, a handsome crystal trophy, was awarded to John Le Carré (right) for The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

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CWA GOLD AND SILVER DAGGERS

For the top crime novel of the year, and the runner-up. £3000 and £2000 prize money respectively, presented by guest speaker Terry Pratchett. Gold went to Arnaldur Indridason for Silence of the Grave from The Harvill Press, with Silver to Barbara Nadel - Deadly Web from Headline.

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CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER

For the best adventure/thriller novel in the vein of James Bond. £2000 prize money, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. Cheque and Dagger presented by Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to Henry Porter for Brandenburg from Orion.

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CWA JOHN CREASEY MEMORIAL DAGGER

For first books by unpublished writers. £1000 prize money, sponsored by BBC Audiobooks. Cheque and Dagger presented by Sara Keane of BBC Audiobooks, to Dreda Say Mitchell for Running Hot, published by Maia Press.

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CWA ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER

£3000 prize money, sponsored by the Estate of Ellis Peters and her publishers, Headline, and the Time Warner Book Group. The winner of this award was CJ Sansom's Dark Fire (Macmillan), with special mention to Iain Pears's The Portrait (Harper Perennial Original). CJ Sansom was presented with his cheque and Dagger at the lunch by Jane Morpeth, Head of Fiction at Headline.

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CWA GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

£2000 prize money. Cheque and Dagger presented by CWA Chair Danuta Reah to Gregg and Gina Hill for On The Run from Hutchinson.

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CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER

£1500 prize money. Cheque and Dagger presented by former CWA Chair Mike Jecks to to Danuta Reah for No Flies on Frank first published in Sherlock magazine, issue 64, Atlas Publishing Co.

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CWA DEBUT DAGGER

For unpublished authors of fiction. £250 prize money, sponsored by Orion. Cheque and Dagger presented by Lisa Milton, Managing Director of Orion, to Ruth Dugdall (UK) for The Woman Before Me. Highly Commended in this category was The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt (USA).

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CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

Nominated and judged by librarians and awarded to a body of work, not just a single title. £1500 prize money, sponsored by Random House. Cheque and Dagger presented by Kate Elton, Publishing Director of Arrow, to Jake Arnott. Joolz Denby was Highly Commended for this award.

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LEO HARRIS AWARD

Bernard Knight and Rosalind Dick

The Leo Harris Award is for the best contribution to the CWA monthly bulletin, Red Herrings over a twelve-month period, chosen by the current editor, David Stuart Davies. Award and cheque for £150 presented by Leo Harris's daughter, Rosalind Dick, to Prof Bernard Knight.

The photograph shows Bernard Knight and Rosalind Dick, with Edwin Thomas (Debut Dagger organiser) in the background.

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER

The Crime Writers' Association has awarded its Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2005 to the Scottish writer, Ian Rankin OBE.

Ian Rankin wins the Cartier Diamond Dagger in this its twentieth year. It has been awarded annually, to mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing, since 1986 – the year in which his first novel, The Flood was published. Previous winners have included PD James, Ruth Rendell, Dick Francis and John Le Carre.

Ian Rankin was presented with his Diamond Dagger by Monsieur Arnaud Bamberger of Cartier, at a reception at the Savoy Hotel, London, on May 11th.

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