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Thursday, August 30, 2007

2007 Ned Kelly Awards

The 2007 CWAA Ned Kelly Awards were announced and handed out this evening at the Melbourne Writers Festival in the Festival Marquee.

Best Crime Novel

Chain of Evidence by Garry Disher (Text Publications)

Best Debut Novel

Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland (Text Publications)

Best True Crime (tie)

Written on the Skin by Liz Porter (Macmillan)
Killing For Pleasure: The Definitive Story of the Snowtown Murders by Debi Marshall (Random House Australia)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sandra Harvey and Lindsay Simpson

My congratulations go out to all winners - first timers one and all. It's wonderful to see Garry Disher picking up the award with the 4th book in the Hal Challis series, a book that saw the series forge in a new direction, one that has been rewarded. Well done, too, to Adrian Hyland once again reinforcing the popular view as to the high quality of Diamond Dove - the first Emily Tempest novel.


Perry Middlemiss said...

Did you make it to the ceremony? I've written a bit about Temple's introduction to the First Novel award announcement over on "Detectives without Borders". Wonderful stuff.

Damien said...

Hey Perry
Being a Sydney lad I haven't been able to get to a Neds Awards ceremony. The plan is to ship the kids off to relos one of these years and make the trip, but alas, not this year.

I shall zip over to DWB and read your bit.

Angela Savage said...

I went to the awards ceremony and it was a great night - laid back and lots of fun. Damien, you should try to get down for it some time. The next best thing to winning was having two of my stable-mates at Text Publishing win - and did I not predict that Adrian would take the honours for Best First Book?

Damien said...

Well that does it. I'll definitely have to make the effort to get down there next year. And, yes indeed, you called it correctly there's no doubt about it.