CrimeFest Announces Awards Shortlists

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

CRIMEFEST ANNOUNCES AWARDS
SHORTLISTS 2013

Unknown-1Michael Connelly, John Grisham, and Ian Rankin are amongst those battling it out for Audible Sounds of Crime Award, whilst Declan Burke, Ruth Dudley Edwards and Christopher Fowler face each other on multiple shortlists!

CrimeFest is thrilled to announce the shortlists for the 2013 CrimeFest Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards keep going from strength to strength. Joining the prize line-up this year is the new H.R.F. Keating Award which highlights some criminally overlooked publications in recent years: biographies and critical books related to crime fiction. The award is named for Harry Keating, who died in 2011, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, a reviewer for The Times, and writer of books about crime fiction.

The Audible Sounds of Crime Award recognises the best crime audiobook published in both print and audio in 2012. Shortlists and winning titles will be selected by Audible.co.uk, the UK’s leading producer of downloadable audiobooks.

The shortlist is:
– Michael Connelly for The Black Box read by Michael McConnohie (Orion Audio)
– John Grisham for The Racketeer read by J.D. Jackson (Hodder & Stoughton)
– Peter May for The Lewis Man read by Peter Forbes (Quercus)
– Jo Nesbø for Phantom read by Sean Barrett (Random House with Isis Publishing)
– Ian Rankin for Standing In Another Man’s Grave read by James MacPherson (Orion Audio)

The Goldsboro Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel of 2012, with shortlist and winning title selected by a team of British crime fiction reviewers.

The shortlist is:
– Colin Bateman for The Prisoner of Brenda (Headline)
– Simon Brett for The Corpse on the Court (Severn House)
– Declan Burke for Slaughter’s Hound (Liberties Press)
– Ruth Dudley Edwards for Killing The Emperors (Allison & Busby)
– Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Invisible Code (Doubleday, Transworld)
– Hesh Kestin for The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats (Mulholland Books, Hodder & Stoughton)

The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook published in 2012 in both hardcopy and in electronic format, with the shortlist and winning title selected by a team of British crime fiction reviewers.

The shortlist is:
– Andrea Camilleri for The Age of Doubt (Mantle, Macmillan)
– Ruth Dudley Edwards for Killing The Emperors (Allison & Busby)
– Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Invisible Code (Transworld)
– C.J. Sansom for Dominion (Mantle, Macmillan)

The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biography or critical book related to crime fiction ebook published between 2008 and 2012, with the shortlist and winning title selected by a team of British crime fiction reviewers.

The shortlist is:
– Declan Burke & John Connolly for Books to Die For (Hodder & Stoughton, 2012)
– John Curran for Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (HarperCollins, 2009)
– Barry Forshaw (editor) for British Crime Writing: an Encyclopaedia (Greenwood World Publishing, 2008)
– Christopher Fowler for Invisible Ink (Strange Attractor, 2012)
– Maxim Jakubowski (editor) for Following the Detectives (New Holland Publishers, 2010)
– P.D. James for Talking about Detective Fiction (The Bodleian Library, 2009)

With both major and independent publishers represented, and the mix of national and international, new and established authors, the shortlists very much reflect the spirit of CrimeFest.

Co-organiser and co-founder of CrimeFest, Adrian Muller, said: “The shortlists are some of the best we have had”.

The winners of each award are to be announced at CrimeFest’s annual Gala Dinner on Saturday 1st June.

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This year’s CrimeFest will be taking place in Bristol from 30th May – 2nd June. Participants include Featured Guest Author Robert Goddard, as well as Ann Cleeves, Gold Dagger Winning Charles Cumming, Lindsey Davis, Jeffrey Deaver, Felix Francis, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Denise Mina, Robert Wilson, Anne Zouroudi and many more.

CrimeFest 2013 will be host to several special events, including an interview with the creative team of BBC’s Sherlock (Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue); the CWA Shortlist Reception – announcing the shortlist for their prestigious Dagger awards; and a full programme of author talks and panels.

The 2012 CrimeFest Awards:

Entries

Audible Sounds Of Crime Awards
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.

Goldsboro Last Laugh Award
The £500 prize is sponsored by Goldsboro Books, the book collector’s bookseller. The winner also receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

eDunnit Award
The winning author receives £500, an eReader, as well as a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

The H.R.F. Keating Award
The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award. Eligible titles were collated by author and crime fiction expert Martin Edwards, and from submissions by CrimeFest newsletter subscribers. A team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

 

Keith

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