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Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Goes To Lee Child

Posted at 8:36PM Sunday 10 Feb 2013

The Crime Writers' Association is delighted to announce that the 2013 Diamond Dagger will be awarded to Lee Child.

The Diamond Dagger is voted for by members of the CWA and celebrates an author with an outstanding body of work in crime fiction. Past winners include Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, and Elmore Leonard. In 2012 the award went to Frederick Forsyth.

Chair of the CWA Peter James said: 'I am delighted that the CWA has chosen Lee Child as this year's recipient. Lee is one of the few British crime thriller authors to have become a global brand name; he is also an extremely charming and open person and a tireless promoter of our genre.'

The diamond-studded Dagger will be awarded to Lee Child at a gala dinner in the summer.

2013 is also the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Jubilee. The organisation was started in 1953 by prolific author John Creasey, and it now provides support for published crime writers and promotes the genre, as well as running the prestigious Dagger awards, the oldest literary awards in the UK.

The CWA will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee with a special conference, a gala Daggers award dinner, and other events celebrating crime fiction. More information on the CWA and the Dagger awards can be found at

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