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Fry and Nicholls triumph at National Book Awards

11th November 2010

Stephen Fry and David Nicholls are celebrating after scooping gongs at the prestigious Galaxy National Book Awards.

Fry won a prize in the biography category for his second volume of memoirs, The Fry Chronicles, while Nicholls' One Day took home the popular fiction book of the year award.

Last night's (November 10th) ceremony also saw Martin Amis and Terry Pratchett given outstanding achievement awards for their contributions to literature.

Pratchett, who has sold over 65 million books and is famed for his hugely popular Discworld series, said he was 'amazed' at being honoured.

'You find something that you like doing and do well and keep on doing it and suddenly they give you an award, when all I was really doing was having a lot of fun,' he told the audience.

The non-fiction prize was won by broadcaster Andrew Marr for The Making Of Modern Britain, while Wolf Hall won Hilary Mantel the UK author of the year gong and American Jonathan Franzen scooped the international author award for Freedom.

Earlier this week, Rebecca Skloot's debut novel, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, was named the winner of the second Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010 after being described as 'enthralling' by the judging panel. 

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