CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

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The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction is a British literary award established in 1978 by the Crime Writers' Association, who have awarded the Gold Dagger fiction award since 1955.

In 1978 and 1979 only there was also a silver award. From 1995 to 2002 it was sponsored by The Macallan (Scotch whisky brand) and known as The Macallan Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. In 2008 the award was sponsored by Owatonna Media (a London-based literary brand investor and owner). Between 2006 and 2010 it was awarded every other year, in even-numbered years, but in 2011 it returned as an annual award.. The prize is now a cheque for £1,000 and a decorative dagger.

Winners and shortlists[edit]

2000s[edit]

2011[1]
  • Douglas Starr, The Killer of Little Shepherds (The crimes and conviction of the nineteenth-century French serial murderer Joseph Vacher)
2010[2]
  • Ruth Dudley Edwards, Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing & the Families’ Pursuit of Justice (The successful civil case taken against the suspects for the Omagh bombing)
2008[3][4]
2006[5]
2005[6]
2004[7]

Joint winners

  • John Dickie, Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia (History of the Sicilian mafia from its 1860s beginnings)
  • Sarah Wise, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London (The Italian Boy murder, London, 1831)
    • Rebecca Gowers, The Swamp of Death: A True Tale of Victorian Lies and Murder (Death of Frederick Benwell, young Englishman who set off for Canada in 1890 and was found dead in a swamp shortly after arriving)
    • Steve Holland, The Trials of Hank Janson (Censorship of crime writer Hank Janson in 1940s Britain)
    • Mende Nazer and Damian Lewis, Slave: The True Story of a Girl's Lost Childhood and her Fight for Survival (Mende Nazer's own story)
2003[8]
2002[9]
  • Lillian Pizzichini, Dead Man's Wages: the secrets of a London conman and his family (Life of conman Charlie Taylor, the author's grandfather)
2001[10]
2000[11]
  • Edward Bunker, Mr. Blue: Memoirs of a Renegade (The author's own story of a life of crime)

1990s[edit]

1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
  • David Canter, Criminal Shadows: Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer
1993
1992
1991
  • John Bossy, Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair
1990

1980s[edit]

1989
  • Robert Lindsey, A Gathering of Saints:a true story of money, murder and deceit
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
  • Peter Watson, Double Dealer: How five art dealers, four policemen, three picture restorers, two auction houses and a journalist plotted to recover some of the world's most beautiful stolen paintings
1982
1981
1980

1970s[edit]

1979
1978

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  2. ^ "The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ "The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. ^ "CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction shortlist". Crime Writers' Association. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  5. ^ "The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  6. ^ "CWA Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  7. ^ "The CWA's 2004 Non-Fiction Gold Dagger Award". Crime Writers' Association. 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  8. ^ "The 2003 Gold Dagger Award for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  9. ^ "The CWA The Macallan Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  10. ^ "The 2001 CWA Non-Fiction Dagger: The Macallan Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction". Crime Writers' Association. 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  11. ^ "The CWA Dagger Awards 2000". Crime Writers' Association. 2000. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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