The Galaxy British Book Awards were handed out at a gala ceremony last night, and the Independent‘s Louise Jury reports on the speeches, the winners and the surprises of the evening (which will be televised at the end of the week.) Highlights included Richard & Judy‘s Best Read of the Year going to Jed Rubenfeld for THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER, while Ricky Gervais beat established writers including Geraldine McCaughrean and Terry Pratchett to take the children’s book of the year honour with Flanimals of the Deep, the third in the series he has produced with the illustrator Rob Steen. Gervais accepted his award live on stage in Ipswich. “That’s fantastic … it’s the first one for my literary outputs,” he said, admitting his work had been described as “books about bollocks with eyes drawn on them”. Other winners in various categories included Richard Dawkins, Ian Rankin, Peter Kay, Conn & Hal Iggulden and Victoria Hislop.
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The Guardian’s John Dugdale comments on one of the big publishing stories in the UK, one that promises to grow even more in 2007: the Richard & Judy effect. It’s especially visible in the top 100 bestsellers of 2006: Kate Mosse at number one and Victoria Hislop at number two were both R&J selections, as were Dorothy Koomson (nine), Sam Bourne (13), Elizabeth Kostova (14) and Elisabeth Hyde (39). Not only have the lists become more female-dominated – correlating with R&J’s picks this year – but an additional effect is that more debut or new-ish authors are getting their due, especially with literary fiction. “Most of those in the top 20 have only emerged as hit-makers within the past three or four years,” Dugdale says, “and you have to look as far down as No 17 – Patricia Cornwell – to find a 90s survivor.” Which should, on the surface, bode well for additional new talent this coming year…