Charles Cumming wins the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

19th October 2012

Charles Cumming has won this year’s CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers Association for the year’s best thriller in the vein of Ian Fleming. His A Foreign Country beat off competition from Megan Abbott, Robert Harris and Neal Stephenson. The judges said that this contemporary spy thriller had “… a gripping premise, expertly sustained, lots of believable spycraft and memorable supporting characters.”

Responding, he said “For spy writers, the Steel Dagger is our Booker prize, so I’m thrilled to have won such a prestigious award. Some great writers have picked up the Steel Dagger, including Henry Porter, Dan Fesperman and Tom Rob Smith. I’m honoured to have joined their ranks.”

He was presented with his cheque and a unique handcrafted ‘steel dagger’, inspired by the weapon used by Special Forces during World War II, at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, which took place in a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, on Thursday. The result will be televised on ITV3 on Tuesday 23rd October.

Related Books

A Foreign Country

A Foreign Country

HarperCollins, 2012