Ned Kelly Awards

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Ned Kelly Awards
Awarded for Excellence in Australian Crime fiction & true crime
Country Australia
Presented by Crime Writers Association of Australia
First awarded 1996
Website http://www.nedkellyawards.com

The Ned Kelly Awards (named for bushranger Ned Kelly) are Australia's leading literary awards for crime writing in both the crime fiction and true crime genres. They were established in 1996 by the Crime Writers Association of Australia to reward excellence in the field of crime writing within Australia.

The genre of crime writing has long been popular, but it was not until the early 1990s that a local growth of writing within the genre occurred in Australia. By the middle of the decade support for the field had grown sufficiently that it was decided to establish the Ned Kelly Awards.

The awards are affectionately referred to as 'The Neddies' within the community.

Categories[edit]

  • Best First Novel
  • Best True Crime
  • Best Novel
  • Best Teenage/Young Adult
  • Readers Vote
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards

Previous winners[edit]

Year Best Novel Best First Novel Best True Crime Best teenage/Young Adult Reader's Vote Best Non-Fiction Lifetime Achievement
1996[1] (tie) The Malcontenta by Barry Maitland
Inside Dope by Paul Thomas
Dark Angel by John Dale NA NA NA NA Jon Cleary
1997[2] The Brush-Off by Shane Maloney (tie) Bad Debts by Peter Temple
Get Rich Quick by Peter Doyle
NA NA NA How to Write Crime edited by Marele Day Alan Yates (aka Carter Brown)
1998[3] NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
1999[4] Amaze Your Friends by Peter Doyle The Last Days by Andrew Masterson NA NA NA NA Peter Corris
2000[5] Shooting Star by Peter Temple The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders by Marshall Browne (tie) Huckstepp: A Dangerous Life by John Dale
Underbelly 3 by Andrew Rule and John Silvester
NA NA NA NA
2001[6] (tie) Dead Point by Peter Temple
The Second Coming by Andrew Masterson
Last Drinks by Andrew McGahan Broken Lives by Estelle Blackburn NA Bleeding Hearts by Lindy Cameron NA Professor Stephen Knight
2002[7] Death Delights by Gabrielle Lord (tie) Apartment 255 by Bunty Avieson
Who Killed Angelique? by Emma Darcy
(tie) Razor by Larry Writer
The Hanged Man by Mike Richards
Blue Murder by Ken Catran Apartment 255 by Bunty Avieson NA Patrick Gallagher
2003[8] White Dog by Peter Temple Blood Redemption by Alex Palmer Blood Stain by Peter Lalor NA NA NA Kerry Greenwood
2004[9] Degrees of Connection by Jon Cleary (tie) The Walker by Jane R. Goodall
Junkie Pilgrim by Wayne Grogan
Killing Juanita by Peter Rees NA NA NA Bob Bottom
2005[10] Lost by Michael Robotham A Private Man by Malcolm Knox (tie) Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner
Mr Big by Tony Reeves
NA NA NA Stuart Coupe
2006[11] (tie) Crook as Rookwood by Chris Nyst
The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
Out of the Silence by Wendy James Packing Death by Lauchlin McCulloch NA NA NA Andrew Rule and John Silvester
2007[12] Chain of Evidence by Garry Disher Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland (tie) Written On The Skin by Liz Porter
Killing For Pleasure: The Definitive Story of the Snowtown Murders by Debi Marshal
NA NA NA Sandra Harvey and Lindsay Simpson
2008[13] Shatter by Michael Robotham The Low Road by Chris Womersley Red Centre, Dead Heart by Evan McHugh NA NA NA Marele Day
2009[14] Deep Water by Peter Corris
and Smoke and Mirrors by Kel Robertson
Ghostlines by Nick Gadd The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper NA NA NA Shane Maloney
2010[15] Wyatt by Garry Disher King of the Cross by Mark Dapin Pitcairn: Paradise Lost by Kathy Marks NA NA NA Peter Doyle
2011[16] The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin Prime Cut by Alan Carter Abandoned - The Sad Death of Dianne Brimble by Geesche Jacobsen NA NA NA NA
2012[17] Pig Boy by J. C. Burke The Cartographer by Peter Twohig Sins of the Father: The Untold Story Behind Schapelle Corby's Ill-Fated Drug Run by Eamonn Duff NA NA NA Gabrielle Lord
2013[18] Blackwattle Creek by Geoffrey McGeachin The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny NA NA NA NA
2014[19] In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty Hades by Candice Fox Murder in Mississippi by John Safran NA NA NA NA
2015[20] Eden by Candice Fox Quota by Jack Serong This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial by Helen Garner NA NA NA NA
2016[21] Before It Breaks by Dave Warner Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic Certain Admissions by Gideon Haigh NA NA NA NA
2017[22] Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty The Dry by Jane Harper (tie) Getting Away With Murder by Duncan McNab
The Drowned Man by Brendan James Murray
NA NA NA NA

Shortlists[edit]

2017[23]

Best Crime Novel

  • Emily Maguire, An Isolated Incident
  • Candice Fox, Crimson Lake
  • Ann Turner, Out of the Ice
  • Adrian McKinty, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly
  • Wendy James, The Golden Child
  • Jock Serong, The Rules of Backyard Cricket

Best First Crime Novel

  • Ron Elliott, Burn Patterns
  • Holly Throsby, Goodwood
  • Anna Snoekstra, Only Daughter
  • Andy Muir, Something for Nothing
  • Jane Harper, The Dry
  • Laura Elizabeth Woollett, The Love of a Bad Man

Best True Crime

  • Colin Dillon, with Tom Gilling, Code of Silence
  • Terry Smith, Denny Day
  • Duncan McNab, Getting Away with Murder
  • Mark Tedeschi, Murder at Myall Creek
  • Duncan McNab, Roger Rogerson
  • Brendan James Murray, The Drowned Man


2016[24]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

  • Tania Chandler, Please Don't Leave Me Here
  • J. M. Green, Good Money
  • Mark Hollands, Amplify
  • Gary Kemble, Skin Deep
  • Iain Ryan, Four Days
  • Emma Viskic, Resurrection Bay

Best True Crime

  • Gideon Haigh, Certain Admissions
  • Kate Kyriacou, The Sting
  • Martin Mckenzie-Murray, A Murder Without Motive
  • Rebecca Poulson, Killing love
  • Mark Tedeschi, Kidnapped


2015[25]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

  • Nigel Bartlett, King of the Road
  • Anna George, What Came Before
  • Nicholas J Johnson, Chasing the Ace
  • Jock Serong, Quota

Best True Crime


2014[26]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

  • Peter Cotton, Dead Cat Bounce
  • Candice Fox, Hades
  • Alex Hammond, Blood Witness
  • Ellie Marney, Every Breath

Best True Crime

  • Paul Dale, Disgraced?
  • John Kidman & Denise Hofman, Forever Nine
  • Eleanor Learmonth & Jenny Tabakoff, No Mercy
  • Colin McLaren, JFK: The Smoking Gun
  • Duncan McNab, Outlaw Bikers in Australia
  • John Safran, Murder in Mississippi


2013[27]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

  • Paul Anderson, The Robbers
  • Andrew Grimes, The Richmond Conspiracy
  • Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann, The Marmalade Files
  • Zane Lovitt, The Midnight Promise
  • Sue Williams, Murder With The Lot

Best True Crime

  • Robin de Crespigny, The People Smuggler
  • Belinda Hawkins, Every Parent's Nightmare
  • Steve Lillebuen, The Devil's Cinema
  • Derek Pedley, Dead by Friday
  • Mark Tedeschi QC, Eugenia


2012[28]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

Best True Crime

  • Eamonn Duff, Sins of the Father
  • Michael Duffy, Call Me Cruel
  • Liz Porter, Cold Case File


2011[29]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

Best True Crime

  • Geesche Jacobson, Abandoned: The Sad Death of Dianne Brimble
  • Ross Honeywill, Wasted
  • Lindsay Simpson & Jennifer Cooke, Honeymoon Dive


2010[30]

Best Crime Novel

Best First Crime Novel

  • Andrew Coome, Document Z
  • Mark Dapin, King of the Cross
  • Robin Adair, Death and the Running Patterer

Best True Crime

  • Peter Doyle, Crooks like Us
  • Kathy Marks, Pitcairn: Paradise Lost
  • Robert M. Kaplan, Medical Murder: Disturbing Cases of Doctors Who Kill

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 1996 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  2. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 1997 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  3. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 1998 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  4. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 1999 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  5. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2000 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  6. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2001 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  7. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2002 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  8. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2003 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  9. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2004 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  10. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2005 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  11. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2006 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  12. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2007 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  13. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2008 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  14. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2009 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  15. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2010 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  16. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2011 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  17. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2012 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  18. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2013 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  19. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2014 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  20. ^ Australian Crime Writers - 2015 Ned Kelly Award Winners
  21. ^ "It's a crime spree as Emma Viskic snaffles four writing awards" by Jason Steger, The Age, 28 August 2016
  22. ^ "Crime writers Jane Harper and Adrian McKinty win Ned Kelly Award for best novel" by Jason Steger, The Age, 1 Sep 2017
  23. ^ 2017 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlists
  24. ^ 2016 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlists
  25. ^ 2015 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlists
  26. ^ 2014 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlists
  27. ^ 2013 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlists
  28. ^ 2012 Ned Kelly Awards - Shortlists
  29. ^ 2011 Ned Kelly Award - Shortlists
  30. ^ 2010 Ned Kelly Award - Shortlists