Crime fiction awards do not get the same amount of coverage as their literary siblings The Man Booker Prize and The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, but Britain’s CWA Dagger Awards and Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year make a noteworthy attempt to trigger the interest in crime fiction.
In my previous post, British Crime Fiction Awards (Part 1), you can get acquainted with the CWA Dagger Awards and get a glimpse at this year’s longlist for the Gold and International Dagger. In part 2 I’d like to introduce that other British crime fiction award, the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
The United Kingdom has quite a tradition of prestigious literary awards, with The Man Booker Prize as its crown jewel. According to the buzz in the land of booktubers and bookbloggers, almost all the attention seems to go to British fiction awards with The Man Booker Prize, The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and The Costa Book Awards as most popular ones.
Given that the United Kingdom has a decent reputation in crime fiction, I expected to find an equally successful literary award for crime fiction. Sadly, it turns out that there’s no crime equivalent to any of the prestigious novel awards. Even the best known ones tend to stay under the radar. So, let this be a call-up to booktubers and bookbloggers; crime fiction needs more love.
The ones I’d like to focus on are the CWA Dagger Awards and the reasonably younger Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, presumably the most important crime fiction awards the United Kingdom has at its disposal.