French Farmers and British Crime Writers
After Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason who wrote Silence of the Grave in Icelandic (and later translated into English) walked away with 3,000 pounds sterling and a Gold Dagger Award, the British Crime Association decided to ban authors from award competition unless their novel was originally published in English. (the Guardian and Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind) It seems that the British crime writers and French farmers have the same mindset. Keep out that foreign competition. We wouldn’t want those foreign authors sneaking into the backdoor and confusing the local readership.