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Fifty Shades of Grey and Clare Balding win at London book awards ceremony

Clare Balding won in the autobiography category. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire Clare Balding won in the autobiography category. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7:32 AM

The best seller Fifty Shades Of Grey was named popular fiction of the book of the year at a literary awards ceremony in London last night

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Dave Myers - The Hairy Bikers beat Mary Berry in the food category. Picture: Ian West/PA WireDave Myers - The Hairy Bikers beat Mary Berry in the food category. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The book, by EL James, the first of a trilogy, has become a literary phenomenon, selling more than 5.3 million copies to become the best performing book of all time in the UK.

It won the award at the Specsavers National Book Awards last night - seeing off competition from five other books including Bernard Cornwell’s historical novel 1356 and Kate Mosse’s Citadel.

Others winners included comic Miranda Hart, who won the Non-Fiction prize for Is It Just Me?, and David Walliams, whose Ratburger was named Children’s Book of the Year.

Sports presenter Clare Balding won the Autobiography category for My Animals And Other Family, ahead of other shortlisted authors including Walliams, Salman Rushdie and Who guitarist Pete Townshend.

Miranda Hart also attended the awards ceremony. Picture: Ian West/PA WireMiranda Hart also attended the awards ceremony. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Amanda Ross, managing director of Cactus TV which produces the show, said: “These awards rightly celebrate the books people are actually buying, reading and loving. The shortlist serves as the perfect Christmas gift guide.”

The event was hosted by Lorraine Kelly at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park.

The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, beat Great British Bake-Off presenter Mary Berry to the title of Food and Drink Book of the Year.

Lee Child’s A Wanted Man was named Crime Book of the Year and Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel was UK Author of the Year.

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