The CWA Dagger in the Library, 2011

In Harrogate during the Theakstone Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on 22 July, Mo Hayder was named as the winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library award for 2011.

Her work was praised as “Twisting, hard-hitting crime novels with a haunting emotional pull on the reader”, the judgng panel added “Damaged detective Jack Caffery and police diver Flea Marley are one of the best pairings in current crime writing with each story leaving fans clamouring for more.”

Mo Hayder left school at 15 and worked in a variety of jobs before becoming a teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, where she now teaches.
She is the author of Birdman, The Treatment, which won the 2001 WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, Tokyo which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold and Silver Dagger Awards for Novels of the Year, 2004, and Pig Island.

There were five other authors on the shortlist for this coveted Dagger. They were SJ Bolton (Bantam Press, Transworld), RJ Ellory (Orion), Jason Goodwin (Faber & Faber), Susan Hill (Vintage) and Philip Kerr (Quercus).

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