New York Times’ best-seller Big Little Lies by Sydney writer Liane Moriarty, has won the Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award. Moriarty told the packed audience at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre by video on Saturday night “P.D James said ‘we don’t necessarily choose our genre, the genre choose us’ and that was certainly the case for me. It was a surprise to find out that my sixth novel Big Little Lies had turned out to be a crime novel… it certainly never occurred to me that I would ever write a crime novel. “
Big Little Lies, which opens with a death at the local primary school’s trivia night, has sold a million copies in the US alone. Moriaty was the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Film and television rights have been acquired by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who will both take roles in the production.