The National Book Awards were announced on Tuesday (4 December) evening at a ceremony in London. Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the publishing industry,’ the awards showcases the best of British writing & publishing, whilst celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success.
Readers are now invited to vote for their overall Specsavers Book of the Year from the category winners below, please click here to vote. The final result will be announced on 26 December 2012.
UK Author of the Year – Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies
Popular Fiction Book of the Year – E. L. James for Fifty Shades of Grey
Crime Book of the Year – Lee Child for A Wanted Man
Biography of the Year – Clare Balding for My animals and other family
Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Miranda Hart for Is it me?
Food & Drink Book of the Year – Si King & Dave Myers for The Hairy Dieters
International Author of the Year – Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child
Audio Book of the Year – Sue Townsend for The woman who went to bed for a year, narrated by Caroline Quentin
Outstanding Achievement Award – Ian Rankin
Accepting the award, Rankin protested: “I’m only 52, give me a break. I do feel my best work may be ahead of me.” His latest title: Standing in Another Man’s Grave sees the return of John Rebus.
Is your favourite book of the year amongst these winning titles?
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