Long Lists

A little over a week ago now, I was sat in a crowded hotel ball room, at the opening night of the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, watching the fabulous PD James receive the Theakstons Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction.

The magnificent, soon to be 91 year old, was an absolute delight to listen to, as she gave her acceptance speech, and I have to admit to having a glint of a tear in my eye as the whole room stood to applaud this remarkable woman.

She spoke eloquently, and one of my favourite, and possibly the most repeated quote of hers of the evening was thus, to tell new and aspiring crime writers that,

“You’re never going to win the Booker Prize

and if I’m honest I’m pretty certain she’s right, but it did come as a pleasant surprise when after perusing the long list for the CWA Gold Dagger 2011, which was announced the next day.

The CWA Gold Dagger 2011 Long List

The Crooked Letter – Tom Franklin
The Villa Triste – Lucretia Grindle
The Lock Artist – Steve Hamilton
Hanging Hill – Mo Hayder
The Cypress House – Michael Koryata
White Heat – M J McGrath
Snowdrops – A D Miller
The End of the Wasp Season – Denise Mina

And then Booker Prize 2011 Long List which was announced just a few days later,

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry
Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan
A Cupboard Full of Goats – Yvette Edwards
The Strangers Child – Allan Hollinghurst
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman
The Last Hundred Days – Patrick McGuinness
Snowdrops – A D Miller
Far To Go – Alison Pick
The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers
Derby Day – D J Taylor

Oh, what is that I spy?, a crime novel on both? Hmmmmm can’t last….. wish it would though. Crime novels are sooooo much better than “literary” novels *yes, I can be a reverse snob at times*

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