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Ned Kelly Award Shortlist

MELBOURNE — The Devil’s Cinema has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award in true crime writing for its portrait of would-be serial killer Mark Twitchell and his “life lived as performance.”

The judges of Australia’s top crime writing prize have a lot of great things to say about the book:

Lillebuen delves into difficult psychological ground, but manages to portray a life lived as performance. … Well judged and chilling. A highly detailed narrative about a puzzling subject. … The depth of research and analysis results in giving credibility to a story so bizarre it might otherwise be relegated to a work of fiction.

This nomination from the Australian Crime Writers Association comes only a few weeks after the book won Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award in non-fiction crime writing.

It’s been a dream run to see this story connect with so many readers and critics, both in North America and now across Australia.

Thank you!

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‘A Criminally Good Canadian’

MELBOURNE — The Devil’s Cinema has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award — Canada’s top prize in literary crime writing.

And the non-fiction award nomination did not go unnoticed across Canada or here in Australia (“A Criminally Good Canadian” via Fairfax newspapers).

It’s such a great honour to be nominated and recognised in this way. Best of luck to my fellow nominees, who have now given me a great stack of fascinating crime books to read.

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The Question of Mark Twitchell …

MELBOURNE — One of the best questions from the audience at my Melbourne talk on The Devil’s Cinema and the “Dexter Killer” case involved my direct contact with Mark Twitchell.

“How did your interaction with him change the scope of your book, and how would the book have been different without his participation?” one reader asked.

I think this question strikes at the very core of what I was hoping to achieve: a narrative that peered deep into the minds of everyone involved.

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