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New CWA Anthology Celebrates Vintage Crime!!

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Louise Phillips

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A new short story anthology with a difference celebrates short stories from the archives of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA).

Vintage Crime gathers gems from the mid-1950’s, when the CWA began, until the twenty-first century. The new compilation features an array of award-winning authors including Andrew Taylor, Kate Ellis, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, HRF Keating, Anthea Fraser and Mick Herron.

Published by Flame Tree Press, the anthology is edited by former Chair of the CWA and CWA archivist, author Martin Edwards.

Martin said: “This is a collection with a difference, celebrating the work of CWA members since the Association was founded in 1953. Entertaining in their own right, the stories also demonstrate the evolution of the crime short story during the CWA’s existence, from the Fifties until the early twenty-first century.”

The CWA was established by John Creasey, the prolific author of over 500 novels with worldwide sales in the 1970’s of over 80 million copies in 28 different languages. The long-standing membership organisation is for authors at all stages of their career and works to promote, support and celebrate the diverse crime genre, from psychological thrillers, paranormal crossovers to police procedurals.

The first CWA anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert and Josephine Bell. Over the years, the anthology has yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas by such luminaries as Ian Rankin, Lawrence Block and Reginald Hill.

Martin added: “There are countless gems of crime writing in the CWA archives. I’ve picked the juiciest stories from some of the best and most well-known authors, but you’ll also find some hidden treasures by less familiar writers.”

Edwards, author of The Golden Age of Murder, is also President and Archivist of the world-famous Detection Club and series consultant to the British Library’s series of crime classics.

The CWA has for over 50 years run the prestigious, world-famed CWA Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best writing in the genre. It’s also renowned for supporting aspiring and debut writers with its annual Debut Dagger competition and Margery Allingham Short Mystery competition.

To celebrate publication of Vintage Crimes, a special online panel Flame Tree Live: CWA and Vintage Crime will take be screened on Sunday 16 August at 6pm on Facebook. To watch, register in advance at https://flametr.com/CWAvintage.

The panel features authors Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Andrew Taylor and the secretary of the CWA, Dea Parkin, discussing the anthology and crime writing, writers, stories and themes.

A blog tour for the book will also take place. It starts on 10 August at Karen Reads and Recommends ending on 21 August at Bookish Jottings (full schedule in Notes to Editors).

Vintage Crime, the new CWA Anthology is published in paperback and hardback by Flame Tree Press on 11 August 2020.

CWA VINTAGE CRIME – Blog Tour

 

Mon 10 Aug Karen Reads and Recommends    @karenhuxtable

 

Cookiebiscuit’s Blog    @cookiebiscuit

 

Tues 11 Café Thinking     @r_m_fernandez

 

The Literary Shed    @TheLiteraryShed

 

Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog    @mm_cheryl

 

Wed 12 The Book Lover’s Boudoir   @pscottwriter

 

Reflections of a Reader    @LeahJMoyse

 

Thurs 13 Nightfall Mysteries Company   IG @nightfallmysteries

 

Babbage and Sweetcorn   @SezzThomas

 

Handwritten Girl   @handwritten

 

Fri 14 Adventures in Crime Fiction Land   @theJBP1

 

Raf Reads     @raf_reads

 

Sat 15 Rachel Read It   @RACHELb75

 

The Twist and Turn Book Blog   @booksandemma

 

Sun 16 Little Miss Book Lover 87   @littlemissbook6

 

Rajiv’s Reviews    @rajivsreviews

 

Mon 17 Varietats    @Sweeet83

 

Rosie Writes   @RosieCawkwell

 

Ramblingmads   @ramblingmads

 

Tues 18 Books In My Opinion   @linby

 

Jane Hunt Writer  @jolliffe03

 

Booklovelife     @booklovelife18

 

Wed 19 The Bookwormery    @lelbudge

 

Paul Burke at NBMagazine  @paulodaburka  @NBmagazineUK

 

Thurs 20 Intensive Gassing About Books   @AboutGassing

 

Northern Reader   @NorthernReader

 

Fri 21 All Things Bookie   @julieryan18

 

Bookish Jottings   @BookishJottings

 

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