Sally Rooney's acclaimed millennial romance Normal People (Faber & Faber) has been awarded the overall book of the year at the 2019 British Book Awards which took place last night.
Rooney secured the top gong despite strong competition from MIchelle Obama, whose mega-selling autobiography Becoming (Viking, Penguin) picked up a brace of awards in the Best Non-Fiction: Narrative and Audiobook categories.
Normal People has sold 185,000 books for £2.3m according to Nielsen BookScan, and has also won the 2018 Costa Novel Award and the Waterstones Fiction Book of the Year 2018.
In the Children's awards, David Walliams' The Ice Monster (HarperCollins Children's Books, illustrated by Tony Ross) was crowned Best Children's Fiction book while You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed (Wren & Rook, illustrated by Toby Triumph) picked up the Children’s Illustrated and Non-Fiction prize.
Leila Slimani's chilling thriller Lullaby (Faber & Faber) was named Best Fiction Debut of the year, while Our House (Simon & Schuster) by Louise Candlish got the nod for best Crime & Thriller Book of the Year.
In the Non-Fiction: Lifestyle category, Bosh! (HQ) by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby emerged on top. Margaret Drabble's favourite thriller writer Lee Child was crowned as Author of the Year.
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