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Award for crime writer

The Crime Writers’ Association has announced that the author Robert Goddard will receive its highest award for crime writing, the Diamond Dagger. CWA chairman Martin Edwards explained: “Robert Goddard has been entertaining crime fiction fans across the world for over 30 years. His books are notable for their breathtaking plot twists, sharp characterisation, and insights into history. It is a genuine pleasure to celebrate his illustrious career with the award of the Diamond Dagger.”

Robert Goddard said: “I’m greatly honoured to be this year’s CWA Diamond Dagger recipient, particularly since it’s an award conferred by my fellow writers, who know about the challenges of the craft from the inside. Looking back, I’m not exactly sure when trying to make a go of writing turned into a career, but it’s been a hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience and recognition like this is much appreciated. It also gives me encouragement, for which I’m very grateful, to look ahead to all those books yet to come!

Previous winners of the CWA Diamond Dagger include P.D. James, John Le Carre, Dick Francis, Ruth Rendell, Lee Child, and Ann Cleeves. Born in Hampshire in 1954, Goddard was educated at Price’s School Fareham, and Peterhouse, Cambridge where he read History. He pursued various career options prior to spending 10 years as a local government officer. In 1986, he published his first novel, Past Caring, setting him on a fresh path. He won an Edgar for best original paperback (Long Time Coming) and Into the Blue was televised with John Thaw as Harry Barnett, who appears in three of Robert’s novels.

The CWA was established in 1953 by John Creasey and has over 800 members in the UK and overseas – published writers of crime fiction and non-fiction as well as editors, bloggers and reviewers.