Now that the winners have been announced at a glitzy ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House, what can I say? The British Book Awards was a star-studded occasion, with Richard and Judy hosting (for the sixth year running) and lots of celebrity-authors gracing the red carpet, among them Jerry Hall, Julie Walters, Michael Palin, Jo Brand and Jack Dee.
Of course there were also the ‘just celebrities’ to present awards (including Ant ‘n’ Dec and Alan Davies – he’ll always be Jonathan Creek to me!), and the ‘just authors’ to accept them (including Sebastian Faulks, Kate Summerscale and Tom Rob Smith).
Despite his winning ‘Tesco Biography of the Year’, there was no sign of Barack Obama, alas. Something to do with a prior engagement at a NATO summit.
But big congratulations to all the winners, particularly Kate Summerscale (signed to our colleagues at Bloomsbury) who managed to scoop two golden Nibbies for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. And if you want to hear more from the author herself, she’ll be talking about both that prize-winning piece of historical detection and what she’s currently working on, at ‘Cries and Whispers’ (9 May), part of the Hampstead and Highgate Springfest.
Warm wishes, Jo
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Read an extract from The Suspicions of Mr Whicher