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Jun192017

Dagger in the Library 2017

On Saturday, I attended the British Library in London for the CWA Dagger in the Library announcement. As my partner and I walked up to the gates, a woman was walking the other way. She was the spitting image of my friend and mentor, Carole Blake, whose agency I joined as a debut author and who, sadly, is no longer with us. I'm not normally superstitious but it made me wonder: was it a sign? An hour later, I was accepting the award! 

To receive the Dagger in the Library is an honour so early in my career. It means so much because, in the early stages, it was librarians and readers who voted me onto the longlist. I grew up in a home that had few books. Libraries were very important to me. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank librarians and their amazing staff for all the support they have given me.

As part of my role as reader-in-residence for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival it’s a joy to engage with the reading public. Only last week, I toured the north-east and Yorkshire with the Big Read, a bittersweet experience due to library funding cuts across the country. It breaks my heart that we are losing so many, along with the expertise of professional librarians who can, and do, deliver so much more than books on shelves. 

Grateful thanks must go to my amazing agent, Oli Munson, who has always believed in me; my publisher, Wayne Brookes, at Pan Macmillan; the CWA; the judges; the Reading Agency and my fellow shortlisted authors: Andrew Taylor, James Oswald, Kate Ellis, SJ Sansom and Tana French - all fine writers. As for me, I’m still pinching myself! And Carole, this is for you too! She'd have been the first to raise a glass. 

Mari x 

 

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