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'Thrilled' JK Rowling receives top book prize

By Julia Hunt

JK Rowling said she was "overwhelmed" as she was honoured for her contribution to the book trade at the British Book Awards.

The Harry Potter author was presented with the accolade Bookseller's Association Outstanding Contribution prize, and said she was "thrilled".

She added: "Twenty years ago, I would hardly have believed I'd have a book published, let alone an accolade as wonderful as this.

"I am truly honoured and overwhelmed."

Word of mouth gothic sensation The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry, clinched the Fiction Book of the Year award and won overall Book of the Year.

East West Street by Philippe Sands won Non-Fiction: Narrative Book of the Year.

Astronaut Tim Peake triumphed with a win in the Non-Fiction: Lifestyle category for Hello, Is This Planet Earth?, his collection of images of Earth taken from the International Space Station.

The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave won Children's Book of the Year and What Belongs To You by Garth Greenwell took the accolade for the best debut. Dodgers by Bill Beverly, a coming-of-age debut thriller set in the US criminal underworld, won the Crime and Thriller category.

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