Bereft by Australian author Chris Womersley (Scribe) is one of four titles shortlisted for this year’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger Award.
The UK award is presented annually for the best crime novel and is worth £2500 (A$3797). Womersley’s novel is shortlisted alongside The Flight by M R Hall (Pan Macmillan), The Rage by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage) and Vengeance in Mind by N J Cooper (S&S). As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, eight titles were longlisted for this year’s award.
The judges described the setting of Bereft as ‘refreshingly original’. ‘With a powerful sense of time and location, this is beautifully crafted, and has a serious point to make about the aftermath of war,’ said the judges.
The CWA has also announced the shortlists for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the CWA Johan Creasey Dagger Award, which can be seen here. The winners of the remaining Dagger Awards have already been announced.
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in London on 18 October. For more information about the awards, click here.