Dirt Town wins General Fiction Book of the Year at the ABIAs

Dirt Town has won the General Fiction Book of the Year award at the 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs)! The ABIAs are highly respected in our industry, and to be acknowledged among so many talented authors is truly humbling. I want to express my gratitude to the ABIA judges for selecting Dirt Town fromContinue reading “Dirt Town wins General Fiction Book of the Year at the ABIAs”

Upcoming event – Sydney Writers Festival, Live and Local

Saturday 27 May, 2023 I’ve got an event coming up at Wollongong Town Hall as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival – Live and Local, thanks to the South Coast Writers Centre and Merrigong Theatre! This day-long event includes a live stream of panels direct from Sydney Writers’ Festival, alongside in-person panels. I’m so excited to speakContinue reading “Upcoming event – Sydney Writers Festival, Live and Local”

Upcoming event – Brisbane Writers Festival

10-14 May, 2023. I’m heading to Brisbane today for the Brisbane Writers Festival! I’ll be appearing in two events on the Festival Saturday. The first is a panel convened by the wonderful Cass Moriarty in the morning. I’ll be chatting about small town crime with Garry Disher, Kerry McGinnis and Sean Wilson. In the evening,Continue reading “Upcoming event – Brisbane Writers Festival”

Dirt Town short-listed for two ABIAs

Winners for the Australian Book Industry Awards are determined through a process of selection, first by the ABIA Academy of more than 200 industry professionals, and then a shortlist and winners are chosen by a judging panel. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my book, Dirt Town, has been nominated for two awards atContinue reading “Dirt Town short-listed for two ABIAs”

Dirt Town long-listed for a 2023 CWA Dagger

Very pleased to say that the U.K. edition of DIRT TOWN has made the longlist for the Crime Writers’ Association ILP John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award! “This Dagger is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality with their first novel of any kind published in the UK in English during the judgingContinue reading “Dirt Town long-listed for a 2023 CWA Dagger”

International Thriller Writers shortlist Dirt Town for Best First Novel

The International Thriller Writers have announced the nominees for the 2023 Thriller Awards, which honour excellence in thriller writing. Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XVIII on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City. Congratulations to my fellow nominees in the Best First Novel category!

Dirt Town makes CrimeFest Debut Crime Novel shortlist

Dirt Town has been nominated for Crimefest Bristol‘s Specsavers Crime Fiction Debut Award! The award is for a crime novel by debut author first published in the United Kingdom in 2022. I find myself in some truly excellent company! Nominees include: – Amen Alonge for A Good Day to Die (Quercus)– Graham Bartlett for Bad for Good (Allison &Continue reading “Dirt Town makes CrimeFest Debut Crime Novel shortlist”

Dirt Town is a Kindle Monthly Deal on Amazon UK!

For the entire month of March, the e-book of Dirt Town is priced at 99p on Amazon UK. This means it should also be 99p at other e-book retailers (including Apple Books and Kobo). If you’ve been wanting to read my small town, Australian mystery, there’s never been a better time! You can also pre-orderContinue reading “Dirt Town is a Kindle Monthly Deal on Amazon UK!”

Upcoming event – The New Crime Wave, Gordon Library, NSW

Thursday, 09 March 2023 | 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM. Very much looking forward to this event, where I’ll be in conversation with Fiona Kelly McGregor (who’s wonderful book Iris has just been longlisted for the Stella) and Benjamin Stevenson (whose larger-than-life novel is set to become a major HBO series). Join us as weContinue reading “Upcoming event – The New Crime Wave, Gordon Library, NSW”

Upcoming event – Perth Festival, WA.

23 – 26 February, 2023. I’m delighted to have been invited to head along to Perth to participate in the Literature and Ideas stream of this year’s Perth Festival! I’ll be appearing in three events with a handful of astonishing writers (including Dervla McTiernan, Jennifer Down and Holden Sheppard!) One event, presented in partnership withContinue reading “Upcoming event – Perth Festival, WA.”