Reading in the Desert

…a bookworm in Dubai

Specsavers National Book Awards

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2014

  • Book of the Year: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 3 stars
  • Outstanding Achievement: Mary Berry
  • Crime/Thriller: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  • Autobiography/Biography: Please, Mr Postman by Alan Johnson
  • Food & Drink: Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Children’s: Awful Auntie by David Walliams
  • Audiobook: Awful Auntie by David Walliams
  • International Author: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • New Writer: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 3 stars
  • Popular Fiction: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
  • Non-fiction: Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
  • UK Author: Us by David Nicholls

2013

  • Book of the Year: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Biography: My Life by David Jason
  • Popular Fiction: An Officer & a Spy by Robert Harris
  • Crime: The Carrier by Sophie Hannah
  • Food & Drink: Eat by Nigel Slater
  • International Author: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 5 stars
  • Non-fiction: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • UK Author: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Children’s: Demon Dentist by David Walliams
  • Audiobook: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • New Writer: Tigers in Red Weather  by Liza Klaussmann

2012

2011

2010

  • Book of the Year: One Day by David Nicholls
  • Lifetime Achievement: Martin Amis & Terry Pratchett
  • UK Author: Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall
  • International Author: Jonathan Franzen for Freedom
  • New Writer: Edmund de Waal for The Hare with Amber Eyes
  • Biography: The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
  • Popular Fiction: One Day by David Nicholls
  • Popular Non-Fiction: The Making of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
  • Food & Drink: Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Children’s: Zog by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

2009

  • Book of the Year: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  • Lifetime Achievement: Michael Palin
  • New Writer: Tom Rob Smith
  • Author: Aravind Adiga
  • Best Read: When Will There be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
  • Biography: Dreams From my Father by Barack Obama
  • Popular Ficiton: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
  • Popular Non-fiction: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  • Crime Thriller: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Children’s: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

2008

  • Book of the Year: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • Lifetime Achievement: J K Rowling
  • Newcomer: Catherine O’Flynn
  • Author: Ian McEwan
  • Best Read: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Biography: My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
  • Popular Fiction: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Popular Non-fiction: Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman
  • Crime Thriller: Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
  • Children’s: Horrid Henry & the Abominable Snowman by Francesca Simon

2007

  • Book of the Year: The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden
  • Lifetime Achievement: John Grisham
  • Newcomer: Victoria Hislop
  • Author: Richard Dawkins
  • Writer: Jackie Kay
  • Best Read: The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
  • TV & Film: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Biography: The Sound of Laughter by Peter Kay
  • Popular Fiction: Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
  • Sports: Gerrard by Steven Gerrard
  • Crime Thriller: The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin
  • Children’s: Flanimals of the Deep by Ricky Gervais

2006

  • Book of the Year: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jamie Oliver
  • Newcomer: Marina Lewycka
  • Author: Alan Bennett
  • Writer: Diana Evans
  • Best Read: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • TV & Film: The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
  • Biography: Sharon Osbourne Extreme by Sharon Osbourne
  • Popular Fiction: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Sports: Being Freddie by Andrew Flintoff
  • Crime Thriller: The Take by Martina Cole
  • Children’s: Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

2005

  • Book of the Year: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Lifetime Achievement: Sir John Mortimer
  • Newcomer: Susanna Clarke
  • Author: Sheila Hancock
  • Writer: Hari Kunzru
  • Best Read: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • TV & Film: Himalaya by Michael Palin
  • Biography: My Life by Bill Clinton
  • Sports: Gazza by Paul Gascoigne
  • Crime Thriller: Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin
  • Children’s: The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • History: William Pitt the Younger by William Hague
  • Literary Fiction: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

2004

  • Book of the Year: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • Lifetime Achievement: Sir David Attenborough
  • Newcomer: Monica Ali
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Best Read: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • TV & Film: How Clean is Your House? by Kim Woodburn & Aggie MacKenzie
  • Biography: Toast by Nigel Slater
  • Sports: The Autobiography by Martin Johnson
  • Children’s: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Audiobook: Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur
  • Fast Selling Biography of All Time: My Side by David Beckham
  • History: Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Literary Fiction: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Illustrated: England’s Thousand Best Houses by Simon Jenkins

2003

  • Book of the Year: Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
  • Lifetime Achievement: Alan Bennett
  • Newcomer: Allison Pearson
  • Author: Sarah Waters
  • TV & Film: What Not to Wear by Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine
  • Biography: Churchill by Roy Jenkins
  • Children’s: Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Audiobook: Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Illustrated: Sahara by Michael Palin

2002

  • Book of the Year: Billy by Pamela Stephenson
  • Lifetime Achievement: Mark Barty-King
  • Newcomer: Pete McCarthy
  • Author: Philip Pullman
  • Children’s: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Audiobook: The Laying on of Hands by Alan Bennett
  • Illustrated: The Blue Planet by Andrew Byatt, Alastair Fothergill & Martha Holmes

2001

  • Book of the Year: Man & Boy by Tony Parsons
  • Lifetime Achievement: Ernest Hecht
  • Newcomer: Zadie Smith
  • Author: Nigella Lawson
  • Children’s: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • Illustrated: The Beatles Anthology

2000

  • Book of the Year: Managing My Life by Alex Ferguson
  • Lifetime Achievement: Spike Milligan
  • Newcomer: Chris Stewart for Driving Over Lemons
  • Author: J K Rowling
  • Children’s: The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Illustrated: Century by Bruce Bernard

1999

  • Book of the Year: Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
  • Lifetime Achievement: Maeve Binchy
  • Author: Beryl Bainbridge
  • Newcomer: Borders UK
  • Children’s: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
  • Illustrated: Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs

1998

  • Book of the Year: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jilly Cooper
  • Author: Louis de Bernieres
  • Newcomer: Daisy & Tom
  • Children’s: Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
  • Illustrated: The Lost Gardens of Heligan by Tim Smit

1997

  • Book of the Year: Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • Lifetime Achievement: Paul Scherer
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Newcomer: Kate Atkinson
  • Children’s: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • Illustrated: Flora Britannica by Richard Mabey

1996

  • Book of the Year: Delia Smith’s Winter Collection
  • Lifetime Achievement: Wilbur Smith
  • Author: Salman Rushdie
  • Children’s: The Hutchinson Treasury of Children’s Literature
  • Illustrated: The River Cafe Cook Book by Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

1995

  • Book of the Year: Writing Home by Alan Bennett
  • Lifetime Achievement: Delia Smith
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks
  • Children’s Author: Allan Alhberg & Janet Ahlberg
  • Illustrated: The Art Book
  • Illustrated Children’s: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Science Book by Jay Young

1994

  • Book of the Year: Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  • Lifetime Achievement: Catherine Cookson
  • Author: Roddy Doyle
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Author: Terry Pratchett
  • Children’s Author: Anne Fine
  • Illustrated Children’s: Mummy Laid an Egg by Babette Cole

1993

  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr D G Hessayon
  • Author: Andrew Morton
  • Travel Writer: Michael Palin for Pole to Pole
  • Children’s Author: Raymond Briggs
  • Illustrated Children’s: Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen

1992

  • Author: Peter Mayle
  • Travel Writer: Mark Shand for Travels on my Elephant
  • Children’s Author: Dick King-Smith
  • Illustrated Children’s: Farmer Duck by Helen Oxenbury

1991

  • Author: Peter Ackroyd
  • Bestseller: Delia Smith’s Christmas by Delia Smith
  • Travel Writer: V S Naipaul for India
  • Children’s Author: Anne Fine
  • Illustrated Children’s: The Mousehole Cat by Nicola Bayley

1990

  • Author: HRH The Prince of Wales
  • Travel Writer: Peter Mayle for A Year in Provence
  • Children’s Author: Roald Dahl
  • Newcomer: Bryce Courtenay
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