Penguin is delighted to report that Stephen Fry triumphed over the likes of Tony Blair and Lord Alan Sugar in the Biography of the Year category, at the Galaxy National Book Awards! The Fry Chronicles beat Blair's hugely publicised The Journey as well as Justine Picardie's Coco Chanel, The Legend And The Life. Stephen, busy filming Sherlock Holmes, was unable to attend the ceremony but did record a fantastically witty video interview that was one of the highlights of the night!
The Galaxy National Book Awards took place at the BBC Television Centre last night, hosted by David Baddiel and attended by stars such as Michael Parkinson, Richard E.Grant and authors Jilly Cooper, Martin Amis and Terry Pratchett.
Other winners included Martin Amis and Terry Pratchett for outstanding achievement in recognition for their services to the publishing industry; broadcaster Andrew Marr landed the non-fiction prize for The Making Of Modern Britain; Hilary Mantel picked up the UK author of the year award for Wolf Hall; New Writer of the Year went to ceramic artist Edmund de Waal, for his collection of family memoirs, The Hare With Amber Eyes; best children's book was Zog by the creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; Yotam Ottolenghi beat Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater to food and drink book prize for Plenty and American author Jonathan Franzen collected the International Author of the Year trophy for Freedom.
Penguin had a number of authors on the shortlist, including, for non-fiction Book of the year, Anthony Beevor's D-Day; for new Writer of the Year, Mr Chartwell author, Rebecca Hunt; in the Food & Drink Book of the Year category - Jamie's 30 Minute Meals; and Kathryn Stockett (The Help) and Colm Toibin (Brooklyn) both up for International Author of the Year.
The ceremony will be broadcast on Saturday night (13th November) on More4 at 7pm.
Here's some of the press coverage from last night (and it's all about Stephen!):