The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious recognition of crime fiction and true crime writing. Established in 1995 and now in its twenty-sixth year, previous winners include: Peter Temple, Shane Maloney, Gabrielle Lord, Sarah Bailey, Adrian McKinty, Helen Garner and Duncan McNab.
2021 produced 149 entries which is a 50% increase on the previous year and is also the second year that it has included the category for Best International Crime Fiction published in Australia. Check out the shortlisted titles for the four award categories:
- Best Crime Fiction
- Best Debut Crime Fiction
- Best True Crime
- Best International Crime Fiction.
Libraries have a number of the nominated titles available. Catch up on your favourite Australian crime authors and discover some new faves.
Download an Aussie crime read through eBooks:
- The Survivors by Jane Harper
- The Bluffs by Kyle Perry
- White Throat by Sarah Thornton
- Stalking Claremont: Inside the hunt for a serial killer by Bret Christian
- A Testament of Character by Sulari Gentill.
To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and passwords.
Listen to these award nominated eAudiobooks:
- Consolation by Garry Disher
- Public enemies by Mark Dapin
- The good turn by Dervla McTiernan
- Gathering dark by Candice Fox
- The good mother by Rae Cairns.
To get started, download the BorrowBox and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Stream Aussie crime eMovies on Beamafilm:
- Two Hands (MA 15+) - When young struggling go-getter Jimmy is offered the shot of a lifetime working for local crime boss Pando he grabs it with both hands. But not everything goes to plan and when his special delivery goes missing, a package of $10,000, he finds himself in a whole lot of trouble with the boss and in desperate need of help.
- Crushed (MA 15+) - Ellia returns to her family vineyard after her father dies. When his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect she is determined to find out the truth, but as Ellia uncovers secrets she becomes the murderer's next target.
- Concealed (R 18+) - Max, a struggling actor living in South Africa, has flown into Sydney, Australia for the audition of his life. As soon as he lands things start to go horribly wrong when his girlfriend Sallie disappears.
First time customer, select Add Library Card and enter your member number and password. Create a Beamafilm account, then verify your email address.
Enjoyed the book? Listen to the podcast:
- Unravel True Crime | Season 2 – Barrenjoey Road by ABC
- I catch killers with Gary Jubelin (Apple podcasts)
- My Father the Murderer with Nina Young (Spotify).
Search for these free podcast titles from your preferred podcast provider
On the web
Check out more Australian crime writing:
- Australian Crime Writers Australia (ACWA)
- A Great Year for Crime: 8 gripping Australian crime fiction reads | Better Reading
- Stop, You’re Killing Me! A website to die for…if you love mysteries.
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