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Crime Beat: The need for a crime fiction award

Again this year a clutch of three crime novels made it into the long list for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. Not bad out of a total of seven krimis published last year in English. As always it will be interesting to see if any of them pop up on the shortlist. I’m not entirely optimistic, mostly because the award fights shy of commercial fiction. The only out and out crime novel to be included on a shortlist was Andrew Gray’s The Fence in 2008. Of course Andrew Brown won the award for his Coldsleep Lullaby but then, as Brown admits, he’s only partly a fellow traveller. He’s made the long list this year with The Refuge but because that is more a character study than a genre novel, I’ve not included him here. The three who take the honours are Margie Orford, Sarah Lotz and Rob Marsh.

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One day soon there might well be a prize awarded solely to crime fiction. Moves are afoot, but what we’re looking for is a sponsor who can see the possibilities in linking with the coolest, hippest trend in South African fiction.

 

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  • <a href="http://www.chanettepaul.co.za" rel="nofollow">Chanette</a>
    Chanette
    June 11th, 2010 @09:30 #
     
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    I cannot agree more. In Afrinkaans we have the ATKV Awards with the sub-category spanningsromans, but we need more. Maybe the SAP should be the sponsor - at least we are solving crimes ;-)

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    June 11th, 2010 @09:56 #
     
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    Also seconded!

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    June 11th, 2010 @10:00 #
     
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    Thirded! Get Tracker or the company that sells stab-proof vests to sponsor.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    June 11th, 2010 @10:12 #
     
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    Yay! Well done Sarah and Margie and Rob for this virtual prize! I can't believe there were only 7 krimis in all of last year... it's such a vibrant genre - those few books and writers are hefting a lot of weight.

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    June 11th, 2010 @12:21 #
     
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    I think BACSA and crimific would make the perfect business partnership. The former would lend gravitas to the latter, the latter would bring bling to the former. Together, they generate a jizz of indomitability in the face of...

    Wonder if they'd sponsor the award? http://www.bac.co.za/

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    June 11th, 2010 @12:24 #
     
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    Ouch, a "jizz of indomitability"? Forensics will need to break out the blacklight.

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    June 11th, 2010 @12:25 #
     
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    But very cool idea!

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    June 11th, 2010 @12:33 #
     
  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    June 11th, 2010 @12:38 #
     
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    Ha! I'm, uh, not gonna provide a link to the homophone!

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    June 11th, 2010 @12:44 #
     
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    ROFL! I just found it - my new word for the day :-))

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    June 11th, 2010 @12:52 #
     
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    Apparently there's some local council in England promoting literacy by announcing a bookaki festival. I'm not going to give you the spelling of the Japanese porn version of that word, because it's icky and you don't really want to be Googling it. That's enough literary high-mindedness from me! I'm off to discuss uh, post-modern oligarchic tropes in contemporary feminist horror fiction.

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    June 11th, 2010 @13:00 #
     
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    mmm... time I got working on my waka waka

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    June 11th, 2010 @16:31 #
     
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    Oh, how I miss you all. No ADSL anywhere in sight. Just dipping in to say Fourthed (sp?)

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