Thursday, April 21, 2005

TV Couple Boost British Book Awards

The British Book Awards, the so-called 'Oscars of the book trade', announced its 2005 winners at a glamorous event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London this week. The Awards ceremony will be broadcast on national TV for the second year running, signalling the growing popularity of reading. The Awards were hosted by TV presenters Richard and Judy, whose own bookclub feature on their daytime TV show has helped boost this popularity. The broadcast of the Awards will be screened in the 5-6pm slot normally reserved for the Richard and Judy show. The broadcast of the 2004 Awards gained the highest audience ever for a literary or arts event, with three times the viewers for the Booker or Turner Prizes. Among the 13 prizes awarded in the British Book Awards was the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Award. Other sponsors of the prizes included the booksellers WHSmiths, Waterstones, Borders and Books etc. Winners of the Awards received trophies known as 'Nibbies'. They are designed in the shape of a pen nib, mounted on a base.

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