Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hailing the Women Writers of Oz

Earlier this evening, at an event held in Thornby, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, Sisters in Crime Australia announced the winners of its 2017 Davitt Awards, celebrating “the best crime books by Australian women.” Adelaide-based blogger Bernadette Bean has posted the full results in Fair Dinkum Crime, but the big headline is which book walked away with this year’s Best Adult Novel award.

Answer: The Dry, by Jane Harper.

Competing as well for that commendation were Dead in the Water, by Tania Chandler; Ghost Girls, by Cath Ferla; Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, by Melina Marchetta; and Goodwood, by Holly Throsby.

The Dry also received the 2017 Readers’ Choice Award, which Bean explains “is voted for by paid-up members of Sisters in Crime Australia …, and any crime book by an Australian woman released during the publication year is eligible for voting.”

Again, you will find the complete rundown of Davitt winners—fiction and non-fiction—by clickety-clacking here.


pattinase (abbott) said...

As the only one of the five I've read, I say it's a good choice and an auspicious beginning to a career.

Rick Robinson said...

Based on your header, I was expecting to see Ruth Plumley Thompson.