The Crime Writing Association Daggers 2021 Winners
The premier prizes for crime writing and thrillers, the coveted Crime Writing Association Daggers Awards celebrate the very best talent in the field.
This year’s winners represent a breadth of talent, taking in a generous range of the very finest fiction and non-fiction; from former Waterstones Thriller of the Month We Begin at the End - which scoops the coveted Gold Award - to a chilling novel of a lighthouse murder and the first in a brilliant new series set in 1950’s Bombay.
The CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2021
Awarded to the author of the best crime novel of the year, with previous recipients including John le Carré, Reginald Hill and Ruth Rendell, the CWA Gold Dagger for 2021 goes to Chris Whitaker for his edge-of-the-seat thriller We Begin at the End.
The CWA Gold Dagger Shortlist
The CWA Gold Dagger Longlist
The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Winner
The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded to the best thriller of the year. Praised by the CWA judges as ‘an urgent, poignant and terrifying thriller’, 2021’s winner is Michael Robotham’s When She Was Good.
The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Shortlist
The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Longlist
The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Winner
Written while the author juggled her career as a flight attendant with caring for a young family, the winner of the award for a debut crime novel is Eva Björg Ægisdóttir for The Creak on the Stairs, an unforgettable novel set in an isolated lighthouse.
The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Shortlist
The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger is awarded to the best debut crime novel of the year.
The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Longlist
The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Winner
Lauded by the CWA judges as a ‘wildly entertaining eco-thriller’, The Disaster Tourist, written by South Korean author Yun Ko-eun and translated by Lizzie Buehler, wins the award for translated fiction.
The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Shortlist
The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Longlist
The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Winner
Vaseem Khan wins the award for historical fiction with Midnight at Malabar House, the first in a vividly imagined new series, set in Bombay on the cusp of the 1950s.
The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Shortlist
The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Longlist
The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Winner
A huge hit with our booksellers, forensic pathologist Sue Black’s Written in Bone - celebrated as a ‘humane, wise book’ by the CWA judges - wins the award for non-fiction.
The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Shortlist
The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Longlist
The CWA Dagger in the Library Shortlist
The Dagger in the Library award is voted for exclusively by librarians and chosen for the author’s entire body of work. This year's winner is Peter May, creator of the Lewis Trilogy & the Enzo Files as well as many other thrillers.
The CWA Dagger in the Library Longlist
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