We are delighted that Christian White’s bestselling thriller The Wife and the Widow has been named Best Crime Fiction 2020 by the Ned Kelly Awards, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prize for crime writing. The Australian Crime Writers Association announced the award-winners via Facebook Live on 14 October.

Christian was catapulted onto the international crime writing stage when his 2018 novel The Nowhere Child became the fastest selling Australian debut on record, with rights sold to 21 territories and a major US/Australian screen deal confirmed. Now as a Ned Kelly award-winner for his follow-up novel, The Wife and the Widow, Christian joins the ranks of Jane Harper, Peter Temple, Garry Disher, and Jock Serong, among many others.

Since its release in October 2019, The Wife and the Widow has sold more than 78,000 copies and has been praised widely for its masterful tension and inventive twist.

Christian thanked the Australian Crime Writers Association in his acceptance speech, commending the high standard set by the Ned Kelly Awards even in this challenging year.

‘A few short years ago, just being shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award was something I daydreamed about. To win is beyond thrilling and I can’t quite shake the feeling that it might be an admin error,’ Christian said.

Affirm Press Publishing Director Martin Hughes said, ‘I’m so chuffed for Christian, especially because he was gazumped for so many awards by Trent Dalton when The Nowhere Child was published. And doubly chuffed that Christian should win such a prestigious award with his follow-up, the notoriously difficult ‘second novel’. It shows his class.’

From all of us at Affirm Press, a hearty congratulations Christian! We’re so thrilled for you.