David Szalay won the £5,000 (about $6,120) Gordon Burn Prize, which honors "fiction and nonfiction that follows in the footsteps of an author described by organizers as a 'literary polymath,'" for his story collection, All That Man Is, the Guardian reported. In addition to the cash prize, the winning writer may go on a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn's cottage in Berwickshire.
Author William Boyd, who was one of the judges, said: "Keeping Gordon Burn's fiction and nonfiction in the back of our minds allowed us some real terms of reference in our necessarily subjective evaluation. As a result, in the final session, David Szalay's All That Man Is emerged fairly swiftly as a frontrunner. It is a novel--like Gordon's fiction--that subtly changes the way you look at the contemporary world. A very rare effect, in fact. In addition, it is darkly funny, marvellously observant and written with a confidence and limpidity that make it a really remarkable novel."
The Crime Writers Association announced winners in nine categories for the 2016 Dagger Awards in London at a gala dinner, during which Peter James was awarded the Diamond Dagger, which recognizes a career "marked by sustained excellence" by someone who has "made a significant contribution to crime writing published in the English language, whether originally or in translation," the Bookseller reported. Check out the complete list of Dagger winners here.