Ned Kelly Awards 2018 Longlists Announced

by |July 6, 2018

The longlists have been announced for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards. There is such a great selection of titles chosen across the three categories – Best Crime Fiction, Best New Crime Fiction and Best True Crime.

Congratulations to all the authors! Winners will be announced at the Ned Kelly Awards, to be held during the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Best Crime Fiction

The Secrets She KeepsMichael Robotham
by Michael Robotham

The compelling new psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author Michael Robotham.

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

The Secrets She Keeps is a compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.


Redemption Point by Candice Fox

Marlborough Man by Alan Carter

Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher

The Lone Child by Anna George

Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill

Class Act by Ged Gillmore

Pachyderm by Hugh McGinlay

Big Red Rock by David Owen

The Student by Iain Ryan

Clear to the Horizon by Dave Warner


Best New Crime Fiction

Sarah SchmidtSee What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt

‘He was still bleeding. I yelled, “Someone’s killed Father.” I breathed in kerosene air, licked the thickness from my teeth. The clock on the mantel ticked ticked. I looked at Father, the way hands clutched to thighs, the way the little gold ring on his pinky finger sat like a sun. I gave him that ring for his birthday when I no longer wanted it. “Daddy,” I had said. “I’m giving this to you because I love you.” He had smiled and kissed my forehead.

A long time ago now.’

On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and her stepmother.

Through the eyes of Lizzie’s sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River.

Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she?


The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

Wimmera by Mark Brandi

The Girl in Keller’s Way by Megan Goldin

All Our Secrets by Jennifer Lane

The Echo of Others by SD Rowell

She Be Damned by MJ Tija


Best True Crime

Last King of the CrossLast King of the Cross
by John Ibrahim

Last King of the Cross is the sensational bestselling memoir that lays bare Australia’s most notorious underworld figure.

In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney’s wild west – before establishing himself as a nightclub boss on the Golden Mile.

Bullets fly, blades flash, bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and an empire, partying like a playboy while staying one step ahead of outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen plotting to take him and his family down.

Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.


The Contractor by Mark Abernethy

Unmaking A Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna Jane Cheney by Graham Archer

The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton

Whitely on Trial by Gabriella Coslovich

The Last Escape by John Killick

The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie

Once a Copper: The Life and Times of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy by Vikki Petraitis

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