Mantel and Morpurgo scoop Independent Booksellers Book Prize
28th September 2010
Hilary Mantel and Michael Morpurgo have taken home the annual Independent Booksellers Book Prize.
The awards, which are voted for by independent bookstores and their customers, saw Mantel's Wolf Hall named as the winner of the adult category, while Running Wild by Morpurgo took the children's book prize.
Commenting on her win, Mantel thanked independent book shops for their support and said they help to introduce new readers to her works and other historical fiction novels.
Morpurgo also praised the 'enthusiasm and expectation' of independent bookstores and revealed that winning the prize means a 'very great deal' to him.
Meryl Halls, head of membership services at the Booksellers Association, commented: 'We are delighted at two such fantastic winners for our Independent Booksellers Book Prize, especially as we know how committed independent booksellers are to both these authors.'
Adult titles shortlisted for this year's award include Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes and Anita Brookner's Strangers, while Paul Dowswell's Auslander and Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce featured in the children's book category.