Yes I know it’s a LONG-LISTED announcement but even just making the long-list for this award is quite an achievement and therefore, I am very proud of my friend and her book for making it onto that list.
The Davitt Awards, now in its 16th year, is named in honour of Ellen Davitt, who in 1865 wrote Australia’s very first mystery novel – ‘Force and Fraud. Since then whodunits written by women have paddled hard in the wash of crime novels and now crime writing by women is a wave that is building in momentum and Australia is surfing to its forefront with a stellar line up of clever, mind-bending, intriguing writers across the nation. When the awards first started back in 2001 there was only 7books that reached the long-list, this year its 77titles – the quality is that good.
The CEO of Booktopia contributes the Davitt Awards with encouraging Australian publishers to ‘back local women crime writers and not just import the latest blockbusters’ which brings a lot of heartening inspiration to many writers, as one of the hardest things about writing is getting published in Australia. This is something Jan Pearson found for herself when she first started out and it was to overseas she had to go to become published - to Hong Kong.
A perusal of this year’s long-list has a very impressive list of wordsmiths. Jan Pearson and Tiger Autumn is in very good company.
Now here’s hoping you’ll sneak onto the short list and knock em dead Jan.
No more ironing underpants