Malala Yousafzai, Kate Atkinson, and Sophie Hannah are amongst the winners of this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards.
At a ceremony this evening, at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Malala Yousafzai‘s book I Am Malala, written with Christina Lamb, beat big names like Bill Bryson, Malcolm Gladwell and Max Hastings to win this year’s Non-fiction Book of the Year award.
Kate Atkinson won UK Author of the Year for Life After Life – which has proved a favourite with readers and critics alike. Whilst women writers didn’t dominate proceedings to the same degree as they did last year, Sophie Hannah took home the Crime Book of the Year award for The Carrier, and Liza Klaussman was named New Writer of the Year Award for Tigers in Red Weather. Finally, Gillian Flynn‘s thrilling page-turner Gone Girl helped her fend off Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton to take the International Author of the Year award.
Amongst the men, television stars bagged three of the remaining awards – with David Jason winning Biography of the Year, Nigel Slater‘s Eat named Food and Drink Book of the Year, and David Walliams receiving the Children’s Book of the Year award for the second year in a row.
Robert Harris‘ An Officer and a Spy – a previous Waterstones Book of the Month – was named Popular Fiction Book of the Year and Neil Gaiman‘s The Ocean at the End of the Lane was awarded the prize for Audiobook of the Year – read by Gaiman himself.
This isn’t the end for these category winners since they now compete in an online public vote for the overall Book of the Year award, to be announced on Boxing Day. Find our more and cast your vote here.
The winners in full
Audiobook of the year, sponsored by Audible.co.uk
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman – read by the author
Autobiography/Biography of the Year
David Jason: My Life, David Jason
Children’s Book of the Year, sponsored by National Book Tokens
Demon Dentist, David Walliams
Crime & Thriller Book of the Year
The Carrier, Sophie Hannah
Food & Drink Book of the Year
Eat, Nigel Slater
International Author of the Year
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
New Writer of the Year, sponsored by Books Are My Bag
Tigers in Red Weather, Liza Klaussmann
Popular Fiction Book of the Year, sponsored by Specsavers
An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris
Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year, sponsored by Magic FM
I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
UK Author of the Year, sponsored by Waterstones
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson