Dublin writer John Curran has won the Macavity Award for Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction and the Anthony award for Best Critical/Non-Fiction for his book Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks.
John Curran’s painstaking detective work in deciphering Agatha Christie’s 73 notebooks, which span the early 1900s to the 1970s, bore fruit when he was commissioned by HarperCollins and the Agatha Christie Archive Trust to write a book about Christie’s notes and how they shine new light on her creative process. Published in the UK in 2009 and the US in 2010, the book is now regarded as a seminal work by Christie aficionados. Its commercial and critical success has led to the publication of a second book by Curran, Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, which was published by HarperCollins on 1 September this year in time for the Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay.
In May this year, John Curran won the non-fiction Agatha, another major independent crime-writing award. However, the announcement that John has also won both the Anthony and the Macavity makes it a hat-trick of three of the world’s most famous crime-writing awards.