The 2017 Davitt Award Winners Are…

Judges in this year’s Davitt Awards for crime writing by Australian women had to read nearly 100 books offering diversity of style, theme, sub-genre and audience catered for.

Below are the shortlisted titles and winners of each category as relayed via Facebook. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the authors for a great year of reading.

Here at Fair Dinkum Crime we’ve only reviewed all the titles in the Adult novel category but if your tastes are broader I recently did a post for the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog where I linked to reviews of all the books which had been reviewed at least once by challenge participants.

Adult novel

Young Adult novels

  • Megan Jacobson – YELLOW
  • Shivaun Plozza – FRANKIE (**winner **)
  • Nova Weetman – EVERYTHING IS CHANGED

Children’s novels

  • Catherine Jinks – THEOPHILUS GREY AND THE TRAITOR’S MASK
  • Jessica Miller – ELIZABETH AND ZENOBA
  • Judith Rossell – WORMWOOD MIRE (**winner **)
  • Jen Storer – TRULY TAN: HOODWINKED

Non-fiction books

  • Robin Bowles – INTO THE DARKNESS: THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF PHOEBE HANDSJUK
  • Rachel Landers – WHO BOMBED THE HILTON?
  • Megan Norris – LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO: FATHERS WHO KILL (**winner **)
  • Ruth Wykes and Kylie Fox – INVISIBLE WOMEN

Debut

  • Cath Ferla – GHOST GIRLS (**winner**)
  • Jane Harper – THE DRY
  • Megan Jacobson – YELLOW
  • Rachel Landers – WHO BOMBED THE HILTON?
  • Melina Marchetta – TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL (correspondent’s note: don’t understand how this can be in the debut category, Marchetta has published multiple books though in the past they have been for young adults)
  • Jessica Miller – ELIZABETH AND ZENOBA
  • Shivaun Plozza – FRANKIE
  • Holly Throsby – GOODWOOD

Readers’ Choice

The Reader’s Choice Award does not have a shortlist. It is voted for by paid-up members of Sisters in Crime Australia (which includes readers such as your humble correspondent) and any crime book by an Australian woman released during the publication year is eligible for voting.

Jane Harper – THE DRY

2 thoughts on “The 2017 Davitt Award Winners Are…

  1. So glad to see that The Dry won, Bernadette. And it was the reader’s choice, too! You called that one. And congratulations to the other winners, as well. A great crop of books, and I know the judges must have had a time of it.

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  2. Ditto to what Margot said. Glad The Dry won, not only because Bernadette was right, but because it was a well-written book which made me feel like I was in southern Australia in the middle of a drought in a small town. Can’t wait for the next in this series.

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