Ian McEwan, who was earlier overlooked by both the Costa and the Man Booker Prizes, was last night crowned the Author of the Year at the British Book Awards. His novel On Chesil Beach was also named the Book of the Year. The ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 4 this Sunday (13th April), at 4.40pm. The key winners were:
- Khaled Hosseini, who won the "Richard & Judy" Best Read of the Year for A Thousand Splendid Suns
- Patricia Cornwell, who won the crime thriller award for her novel Book of the Dead
- Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who won the non-fiction award for Long Way Down
- Francesca Simon, who was awarded Children's Book of the Year for Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman
Other winners were Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook which won the biography category, Catherine O'Flynn who won Newcomer of the Year award for her novel What Was Lost and the popular fiction award went to Kim Edwards for The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Penguin).
JK Rowling was awarded an Outstanding Achievement award by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He said: "She has joined a distinguished line of British authors whose work has got the whole country reading, and whose books will be read for many years to come by successive generations."
For a full list if British Book Award nominees available to download from Audible go here.