21 November 2018
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'.

Penguin General author and journalist Dolly Alderton won the Autobiography Prize for Everything I Know About Love, her honest and engaging account of the trials and triumps of becoming a grown up; and celebrated chef Yotam Ottlenghi won the Food & Drink Prize for the immensely popular Simple, published by Ebury.

 

Simple author Yotam Ottolenghi with his National Book Award

Simple author Yotam Ottolenghi with his National Book Award

Scarlett Curtis' collection of essays Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies won the Young Adult Prize, after being lauded for its approach to making feminism more accessible, with contributions from Emma Watson, Zoe Sugg, Keira Knightley and 49 others; whilst Carlo Rovelli's The Order of Time, as read by Benedict Cumberbatch, won the LBC Audiobook of the Year Prize. 

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

Philip Pullman's UK Author of the Year award caps a fantastic year for the author, who returned to the much-loved world of His Dark Materials forThe Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, which was named Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 and saw him win Author of the Year at this year's British Book Awards.

All of this year's category winners are now up against each other for the Overall Book of the Year Award, voted for by the public. The winner will be announced on 30 December, and you can vote for your favourite up to midnight on December 23 here.

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