The 2013 Davitt Award Winners Are

While your humble correspondent was temporarily occupied with non-bookish pursuits over the past few days the winners of this year’s Davitt Awards for crime writing by women were announced at a glittering event held as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. The awards are given by Sisters in Crime Australia and this year’s winners are:

Best Adult Novel

Maggie Groff, MAD MEN, BAD GIRLS AND THE GEURILLA KNITTERS INSTITUTE

Best Debut Novel

Maggie Groff, MAD MEN, BAD GIRLS AND THE GEURILLA KNITTERS INSTITUTE

Best Children’s/Young Adult novel

Jennifer Walsh, THE TUNNELS OF TARCOOLA

Best True Crime

Pamela Burton, THE WATERLOW KILLINGS

Reader’s Choice

Kerry Greenwood, TAMAM SHUD: THE SOMERTON MAN

Somewhat appallingly I discover I haven’t read a single on of these winners, though I have linked above to Kerrie’s review of the Kerry Greenwood novel.

Kerry Greenwood was also the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about the awards ceremony head to the Sisters in Crime website and for the judging panel reports for each category and the acceptance speech transcripts you can read this eight-page document.

Congratulations to all the winners.

6 thoughts on “The 2013 Davitt Award Winners Are

  1. The Maggie Groff novel and its sequel are both great fun though I’m a little surprised it won.

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    • I’ve only read the second book in the series but I too was surprised. But that is often the case with me and award winners so I just figure I am out of kilter with the rest of humanity.

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  2. Sounds like my reading in 2013. I had not read any winners until after they were chosen. I am still not sure if I am missing something in my reading selections or prize committees are not picking the best.

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