Fremantle Press crime novelists land on their feet with longlisting for world’s most valuable literary prize

Award-winning crime writers Alan Carter and Dave Warner are in the running to win the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award, worth 100,000 euros. The pair join 12 other Australian authors and 129 international authors on the prize’s longlist.

Carter is longlisted for his standalone novel, Marlborough Man, which recently won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction.

Warner is longlisted for his 2017 book Clear to the Horizon, which was longlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction and is based on the notorious Claremont serial killings.

Warner said of the nod, ‘It’s great at any time to know people like your writing, and in the words of Snowy Lane, “Being longlisted for such a prestigious award is like being upgraded to Business Class on a flight to London with David Boon next to you shouting the drinks”.’

Carter said, ‘I’m surprised and stoked to find myself on the longlist, and in such amazing company.’

Carter and Warner follow hot on the heels of Fremantle Press author Sarah Drummond, who was longlisted for the prize last year for her debut novel, The Sound. Her book was nominated by the State Library of Western Australia and went up against 146 other titles, including nine from Australian authors.

Books published in English are nominated for the award by public libraries around the world. Each library can nominate up to three novels published in the previous year from the state in which they are located, with the selection criteria based on literary merit.

The result is uniquely international in scope, with books from across the world vying for the prize. The panel of international judges whittles the longlist down to a shortlist of 10 to be announced on 4 April 2019, before the winner is announced on 12 June.

For more information, visit the International DUBLIN Literary Award website.

Marlborough Man by Alan Carter and Clear to the Horizon by Dave Warner are available online at and in all good bookstores.

Books discussed
Marlborough Man
Clear to the Horizon

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