The Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards winners have been announced and we are positively chuffed that AWC presenter Sue Whiting has been highly commended for her book The Book of Chance in the Best Children’s Crime Novel category.
From the media release, Sue said: “The Book of Chance was inspired by a true crime that took place in 1998 but wasn’t solved until 2017. As the story unfolded in the world media, I started to wonder about how the young victim at the centre of the crime would cope with the realisation that her whole life had been a lie. And it was this wonderment that led me to creating the character of Chance Callahan and the novel The Book of Chance.”
We are thrilled for Sue – congratulations!
Now, onto the winners.
- Sally Hepworth’s domestic thriller, The Good Sister won Best Adult Novel. (We spoke to Sally on episode 223 of So you want to be a writer).
- Christie Nieman’s Where We Begin won Best Young Adult Crime Novel. (Listen to our interview with Christie on episode 349 of So you want to be a writer).
- Lian Tanner’s A Clue for Clara won Best Children’s Crime Novel. (Listen to our interview with Lian on episode 369 of So you want to be a writer).
- Louise Milligan’s Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice won Best Non-Fiction Book.
- Leah Swann’s Sheerwater won Best Debut Book.