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2013 Specsavers Book Awards – just announced

Winners of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013, a celebration of Britain’s best books, were revealed 11 December 2013 at a dazzling awards ceremony at London’s Mandarin Oriental.  The category winners now compete in an online public vote for the prestigious Book of the Year award, and the victor will be revealed on Boxing Day.

Comic actors David Jason and David Walliams proved it really is all in the way they tell them, winning the awards for Biography of the Year and National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year respectively. It is the second year in a row that David Walliams has won the children’s book category.

Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb did it for the girls, taking the prize for the Magic FM Non-fiction Book of the Year, squeezing ahead of a mighty shortlist which included Bill Bryson, Malcolm Gladwell and Max Hastings.

Robert Harriss An Officer and A Spy took the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year award, beating Bridget Jones and Bond. Chart-topping novelists Dawn French, Philippa Gregory and Adele Parks were also toppled by Harris’s gripping retelling of the Dreyfus Affair.

Elsewhere, the award for Waterstone’s UK Author of the Year went to Kate AtkinsonSophie Hannah’s The Carrier was named Crime Book of the Year, and newcomer Liza Klaussman nabbed the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year Award for Tigers in Red Weather.

Nigel Slater also tasted glory, bagging Food and Drink Book of the Year for EatGillian Flynn, whose Gone Girl was the star of the summer book charts, pipped a host of bestselling authors including Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton to the award for International Author of the Year. And for those who love to listen to a good yarn, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane took the prize for Audible Audiobook of the Year.

Specsavers Book of the Year Award – VOTING NOW OPEN

It’s now up to the public to complete the final chapter by deciding the overall winner. Readers can vote online to determine which category winner deserves the coveted Specsavers Book of the Year trophy, previously won by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman. The only book award chosen by readers themselves, the Book of the Year accolade is the truest indicator of popular appeal. Votes can be registered at http://www.nationalbookawards.co.uk/. The voting closes at midnight on 19 December with the winner announced on 26 December.

Click on a book jacket below to find out more about each winner.

An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning the pages. It is…

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The Carrier
Sophie Hannah
Winner of the Specsavers Crime Book of the Year 2013. When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson – but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead,…

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Eat – The Little Book of Fast Food
Nigel Slater
Winner of the Specsavers Food and Drink Book of the Year 2013. October 2013 Food and Drink Book of the Month. Quite a large book actually whatever the title says, there’s a whopping 500+ recipe ideas and Nigel Slater’s aim is to make this the…

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Tigers in Red Weather
Liza Klaussmann
Winner of the Specsavers New Writer of the Year 2013. May 2013 Book of the Month. Eight publishers were fighting over this debut novel from London-based New Yorker Klaussmann and all you need to do is read the Opening Extract to see why….

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Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Winner of the Specsavers Childen’s Book of the Year 2013. The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number one bestselling author! Make your appointment if you dare…Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their…

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the Specsavers Audio Book of the Year 2013. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will…

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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Winner of the Specsavers International Author of the Year 2013. ‘What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are…

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Life After Life
Kate Atkinson
Winner of the Specsavers UK Author of the Year 2013. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During…

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I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Winner of the Specsavers Non Fiction Book of the Year 2013. I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought…

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David Jason: My Life
David Jason
Winner of the Specsavers Biography of the Year 2013. This is the long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish…

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