It’s a big week for literary awards – the Ned Kelly Awards longlist for 2019 has been revealed!
The Australian Crime Writers Association recently unveiled its list of the best crime fiction and true crime published over the last year, and it’s a testament to the richness of Australian crime-writing talent that makes our books the envy of the world.
Robert Goodman, ACWA’s Deputy Chair, said,
“This year’s longlists for the Ned Kelly Awards is indicative of the diversity and breadth of the Australian crime-writing scene. In 2019, we’ve received the largest number of entries ever in the Award’s twenty-three year history. We’re looking forward to this year’s Neds taking place for the first time in Sydney and in conjunction with the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.”
Booktopia is a proud sponsor of the Ned Kelly Awards and we’re so excited about this longlist – scroll down to check out all of the nominated books!
Best First Fiction
- Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander
- The Practice Baby by L.M. Ardor
- The Portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovacic
- The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
- The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady
- Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare
- Greenlight by Ben Stevenson
- Lonely Girl by Lynne Vincent McCarthy
- The Nowhere Child by Christian White
- The Rip by Mark Brandi
- Kill Shot by Garry Disher
- Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
- The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood
- Scrublands by Chris Hammer
- The Lost Man by Jane Harper
- The Other Wife by Michael Robotham
- Preservation by Jock Serong
- Under Your Wings by Tiffany Tsao
- Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams
Best True Crime
- Trace: Who Killed Maria James? by Rachel Brown
- The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
- Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
- Southern Justice by Colin McLaren
- Siege by Deborah Snow
- The Prisoner: How One Woman’s Jail Term was the Making of Her by Kerry Tucker, with Craig Henderson
- The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells
- Waiting for Elijah by Kate Wild
The Ned Kelly Awards will be held in Sydney on Friday September 6, as part of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival – get your tickets to the ceremony here!
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