Second YLF Author Wins Top Award

Martin Edwards Receives 2020 CWA Diamond Dagger.

For the second time in as many months, an author appearing at York Literature Festival has won one of the country’s top writing awards. Crime writer and expert Martin Edwards, who headlines YLF’s Crime Writing Day on Saturday 28 March, has become the 2020 winner of the Crime Writers’ Association prestigious Diamond Dagger.

Martin Edwards joins icons of the genre who have been recognised with the accolade, including Ruth Rendell, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Ian Rankin, PD James, Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill, Lindsey Davies, Peter Lovesey, and John Le Carré. 

Alongside his career as a prolific novelist, Martin is a renowned editor, reviewer, columnist and versatile writer of non-fiction, and is a leading authority on crime fiction. He has also enjoyed a separate career as a solicitor, and is recognised for his expertise in employment and equal opportunities law. 

At the Festival, Martin will discuss the art and history of the whodunit and the psychological thriller.  He will also tell us about Mortmain Hall, the sequel to his bestseller Gallows Court, which will be released in April 2020, and his new exciting project in honour of the 90th anniversary of the Detection Club: a masterclass in crime writing entitled Howdunit.

Here’s what Ian Rankin had to say about him.

“Martin Edwards is not only a fine writer but he is also ridiculously knowledgeable about the field of crime and suspense fiction.  He wears his learning lightly and is always the most congenial company.  He is also a great champion of crime writing and crime writers.  He has been an active (and proactive) member of the Crime Writers’ Association for many years and has guided countless writers into publication through his scrupulous editorship of short story anthologies.  His novels feature an acute sense of place as well as deep psychological insights.  As a solicitor, he knows the legal world more intimately than most of his fellow novelists.  He is a fitting winner of the Diamond Dagger.”

Tickets for Martin’s event are available here.

For other events at our Crime Writing Day click here .