Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Well, congratulations to Colin Cotterill who won the CWA Dagger in the Library Award this year. I figured it might be third time lucky but never mind!

Anyway, onward and upward. If there's one thing we English do well, it's accepting defeat and victory with the same resolute attitude.

It is always good to be nominated - six thus far and won only one. Still have an outstanding Barry Award nomination for Best British Thriller 2009 but I'm up against Stieg Larsson so I don't think there's any real chance of winning that!

I'm holding out for a Pultizer, of course, but I've got to sort out my American citizenship to secure a nomination!

Oh, by the way, I am back from New York. I did intend to post another blog about the final events of my trip, but I got back to the UK and had to leave for London pretty much immediately. I did take a lot of pictures. They are being processed as we speak, and I shall put those in the gallery as soon as I can.

Hope to see some of you at Heffers in Cambridge on Tuesday evening.

Best, as always,


Sherry H said...

That's hard luck. I agree with you about our English stiff upper lip. "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster....." sums it up perfectly. ( I like Kipling - one quiz night I bet our entire house and contents that Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was a mongoose!)
In my most learned opinion - not having read it yet! - I also agree that "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is in with a strong chance of winning, but you never know. Fingers crossed!

R J Ellory said...

Well, thank you for the commiserations, and there will be plenty more chances for me to lose graciously in the future I am sure! Yes, we'll see what happens with the Barry, but it's an American award and I think they're all very excited about 'Dragon Tattoo' at the moment. Anyway, onward and upward!
Best foot forward and all that, eh chaps?

autographiliste said...

Hello mr Ellory your book vendetta is genial ,even more hardly than only the silence.
I have a good piece of news , you made left the last tour on the trophy 813 foreign novel.
Here are your concurent :
-Andrea Camilleri (itali) pour un été ardent
-Rj Ellory (anglais) pour seul le silence
-Graig Johnson (usa) pour little bird
-Denis Lehane (usa) pour un pay à l'aube
-Carlos Salem (argentine) pour aller simple
I espere that translation is good
Good luck and result on sunday, october 11 th has Toulouse

amitié de la France

mr contin richard

R J Ellory said...

Monsieur Contin!
Wonderful to hear from you. Your English translation is very good. Thank you for your kind words. I do not know what this Trophy 813 is. Can you tell me more what this means?
I hope everything is good with you my dear friend.
Best wishes,

autographiliste said...

hello me ellory
this trophy éxiste for 20 years (since 1981).
this a trophé which is avarded by
the menbre of the association
only here is some victors:
en 1994 paco ignacio taibo 2
en 1995 robin cook
en 1999 westlak
en 2004 dennis lehane
en 2005 james lee burke.....
all my friendship mr ellory

mr contin richard coeur de lion

R J Ellory said...

Monsieur Richard Couer De Lion,
Merci beaucoup! This is excellent news, and I thank you very much for sending it to me. We shall see what happens, eh?
Best wishes, as always mon ami,