Today is Australia Day and the first anniversary of the site’s re-launch as one dedicated to reviewing and discussing crime fiction by Australians or about Australia. To celebrate we’ve got a brand new copy of Sulari Gentill’s third crime novel MILES OFF COURSE to give away. The novel is set in 1930’s Australia and I think it’s a corker. It will be officially released on 30 January when I’ll also post my review. Here at Fair Dinkum HQ we think you should have to work a little for your prizes so we’ve devised a quiz with a historical theme. These questions either relate to historical Australian crime fiction or the history of crime fiction in Australia.
- Which author is the current holder of the Ned Kelly Award for best novel and what time period does the winning novel take place in? (2 points)
- Who won the first Ned Kelly Award and in what year was it awarded? (2 points)
- An Australian author who published 34 detective novels between 1926-66 gave his part-aboriginal detective the name of a famous figure from history. Who was the author and what was his detective’s full name? (2 points)
- Australia’s first crime novel was published in 1865. Who wrote it and what was it called? (2 points)
- In what way is that author acknowledged by the modern crime fiction community? (1 point)
- Which novel by Charles Dickens (published before 1865) featured the first Australian criminal in a novel? (1 point)
- America’s prestigious Edgar Award for best novel was first issued in 1954 to which Australian author and for what novel? (2 points)
If this is not enough Australian-themed quizzing for you feel free to test your Australian IQ with this quiz from our local paper. It’s nothing to do with crime fiction but it certainly is Aussie (full disclosure I scored 20 out of 25).
Happy Australia Day to you all and if you need some extra motivation to enter the quiz look out for my review of MILES OFF COURSE in a couple of days. I think it’s Sulari Gentill’s best book so far.
- Competition open worldwide but if someone from outside Australia wins their prize may be sent via sea mail which can take 12 weeks
- The entrant with the most number of points will win. If there are multiple people with the same winning score those entrants will go into a draw using random.org (as we only have one copy of the book to give away)
- Send your answers to fairdinkumcrime AT gmail DOT com and put QUIZ in the subject line
- Entries must be received by 5:00pm (ACST) on Friday 3 February 2012.