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6 wins for Penguin Random House at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018

Celebrating the best and most popular books of the year, this year's Specsavers National Book Awards saw six wins for Penguin Random House, including UK Author of the Year for Philip Pullman.

Belinda Bauer celebrates her win with fellow author Val McDermid
Belinda Bauer celebrates her win with fellow author Val McDermid

Returning after a three year hiatus, the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 were held last night (21 November), celebrating this year's best books. Over twelve categories, Penguin Random House authors walked away with six awards - with The Book of Dust author Philip Pullman crowned the UK's Author of the Year.

In the books categories, Transworld author Belinda Bauer won the Crime & Thriller Award for Snap, her Sunday Times Bestseller which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize earlier this year. She celebrated the win with fellow crime writer Val McDermid, who has called the book 'the best crime novel I've read in a very long time'.

Snap
Snap
Crime & Thriller Book of the Year (Specsavers National Book Awards)
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

'The best crime novel I've read in a very long time.' VAL MCDERMID

SNAP DECISIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS . . .

On a stifling summer's day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack's in charge, she'd said. I won't be long.

But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother . . .

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'Original, pacy and thoroughly entertaining . . . a cracking read.' CLARE MACKINTOSH

'No one writes crime novels like Belinda Bauer, with a rare blend of darkness, humour and heart. She's a crime writing genius.' C. L. TAYLOR

'Edgy, original and beautifully written, this suspenseful story is dazzlingly good.' Sunday Mirror

'The opening of Snap is one of the most vividly unnerving I have read . . . razor-sharp observation.' Guardian

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Readers are gripped by Snap:

'Full of suspenseful twists and turns' *****
'Twisty, intriguing and so cleverly written I couldn't put it down' *****
'A refreshingly different murder mystery' *****
Simple author Yotam Ottolenghi with his National Book Award
Simple author Yotam Ottolenghi with his National Book Award
Ottolenghi SIMPLE
Ottolenghi SIMPLE

The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Winner at The National Book Awards 2018

Everything you love about Ottolenghi, made simple.

Yotam Ottolenghi's award-winning recipes are always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. Ottolenghi SIMPLE is no different, with 130 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and flavour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

Bursting with colourful photography, Ottolenghi SIMPLE showcases Yotam's standout dishes that will suit whatever type of cooking you find easy - whether that's getting wonderful food on the table in under 30 minutes, using just one pot to make a delicious meal, or a flavoursome dish that can be prepared ahead and then served when you're ready.

These brilliant, flavour-forward dishes are all SIMPLE in at least one (but very often more than one) way:

S - short on time: less than 30 minutes
I - 10 ingredients or less
M - make ahead
P - pantry
L - lazy
E - easier than you think

Ottolenghi SIMPLE is the stunning new cookbook we have all been wishing for: Yotam Ottolenghi's vibrant food made easy.
Audiobook producer Roy McMillan collects the Audiobook of the Year Award on behalf of Carlo Rovelli and Benedict Cumberbatch
Audiobook producer Roy McMillan collects the Audiobook of the Year Award on behalf of Carlo Rovelli and Benedict Cumberbatch
The Order of Time
The Order of Time
Winner of Audiobook of the Year at The Specsavers National Book Awards 2018

Penguin presents the audio edition of The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting journey to discover the meaning of time

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery, inviting us to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time.

'A global superstar. . . Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation' - Channel 4 News

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