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JK Rowling and Ian McEwan top prize list

"The awards run by the publishing trade, known as the Nibbies, do not have the same literary prestige as the Man Booker and Costas (formerly the Whitbreads)." However, they are the only awards voted for by both the book-buying public and publishers and booksellers, so that makes them quite interesting.

McEwan won the author of the year title for Chesil Beach, which we wrote about last year. At least in part it's the story of a heart-breaking and comical honeymoon, and I can see why the public might empathize.

JK Rowling received the outstanding achievement award. Holding the giant-sized nib of a fountain pen she looked as if she would like nothing better than a long, secret session with Harry Potter. How can the series be over?

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