Philip Pullman has scooped Author Of The Year at the British Book Awards.
The writer returned to the His Dark Materials trilogy in 2017 with a new book The Book Of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.
Axel Scheffler, best known for his work on Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo books, was awarded Illustrator of the Year.
You can never tell what readers and critics will feel. I couldn’t have been more happy with the way it was welcomedPhilip Pullman
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Pullman said of his win: “When La Belle Sauvage was published last October I had no idea what sort of reception it would have.
“I seemed to have been writing it for 18 years and I let the publishers have it when I thought it was OK.
“But you can never tell what readers and critics will feel. I couldn’t have been more happy with the way it was welcomed.”
Produced by industry magazine The Bookseller, the British Book Awards honours the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops.