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Davitt Awards 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women in 2012, have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Adult fiction

  • Cold Grave (Kathryn Fox, Pan)
  • Paving the New Road (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press)
  • Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute (Maggie Groff, Pan)
  • Walking Shadows (Narrelle M Harris, Clan Destine Press)
  • Silent Fear (Katherine Howell, Pan)
  • Silent Valley (Malla Nunn, Macmillan)
  • Sisters of Mercy (Caroline Overington, Bantam)
  • The Poet’s Cottage (Josephine Pennicott, Macmillan)



  • The Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
  • Moonlight and Ashes (Sophie Masson, Random House)
  • Truly Tan (Jen Storer, ABC Books)     
  • The Tunnels of Tarcoola (Jennifer Walsh, A&U)


True crime

  • The Waterlow Killings (Pamela Burton, Victory)
  • Missing You (Justine Ford, Five Mile Press).


The winners will be announced in Melbourne on 31 August by New Zealand crime author Vanda Symon. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, a Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented for the first time this year. To see the titles longlisted for this year’s awards, click here.

The judging panel for the awards includes forensic pathologist Shelley Robertson, retired bookseller Rosi Tovey, Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Tanya King-Carmichael and Jacqui Horwood, and former convenor Sylvia Loader.

More information is available on the Sisters in Crime website here.



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