British Book Awards: Comedians Left Laughing and a Gong at Last for Grisham
THE great and the good of the literary world gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane on Wednesday for the Galaxy British Book Awards.
Hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, the awards - occasionally referred to as 'the Oscars of the book industry' but more often called the Nibbies after the golden pen-nib the winners receive - celebrate those books that made the biggest impression during 2006.
It was a suitably starry event, with appearances from names such as Sophie Dahl, Cherie Blair, Brenda Blethyn and actor Kyle MacLachlan. For the second year, the award ceremony will be broadcast on television (on Channel 4, tonight at 8pm), so anyone who would like to remain in suspense about the winning titles may want to look away now.
It was a great night for British comedians, as both Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais took away awards. Kay's massive bestseller The Sound Of Laughter, picked up Biography of the Year, while Gervais, currently touring with his show Fame, was surprised live on stage in Ipswich with the news that Flanimals Of The Deep had been named Children's Book of the Year. The Dangerous Book For Boys, brothers Con and Hal Iggulden's compendium of fascinating facts for boys of all ages, was honoured as Book of the Year, while scientist Richard Dawkins was named Author of the Year after the huge success of The God Delusion, his controversial rebuttal of religion. …