I attended the strangest of award ceremonies last week.
From the isolation of my study in my home in France, I was part of a Zoom conference for the UK Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger Awards. Several hundred people from around the world were in attendance, but instead of gathering with the great and good of crime writing in tuxedo and black tie at one of London’s classiest venues, I was in my shorts, at my desk, accompanied by my wife Janice and my dog Daftie!
I had been shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library. This award recognises the popularity of an author’s body of work with readers and users of libraries. The judges committee is made up of librarians from across the country.
When master of ceremonies Barry Forshaw announced the winner, he quoted Sue Wilkinson, the chair of the 2021 committee who said: ‘Peter May infuses his books with a real sense of place, whether it be China, France or the Hebrides. His books are tense, atmospheric and complex but always utterly absorbing.’
This is a very special prize to win as it is for all my various books and series, and an endorsement from the readers, users and keepers of the UK library system.
I know how important libraries were to me from the very earliest of ages. Long may they continue to provide a free and essential service to readers young and old.
And in other news…
The Night Gate will be available in paperback from August 2021. In case you missed the story behind the writing of the book, here’s a video I made explaining it…