Award adds to the number of accolades won by erotic novel
Following on from her success at the US Publishers Weekly awards, Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James has taken home another coveted prize after her erotic novel was named popular fiction book of the year at the Specsavers National Book Awards in London.
She beat competition from well-regarded novelists Kate Mosse, JoJo Moyes, Victoria Hislop, Bernard Cornwell and Dorothy Koomson to win the accolade.
Other winners included this year’s Booker Prize winner, Hilary Mantel, who was named UK author of the year for a second time, and Ian Ranking who won the outstanding achievement award.
Celebrities also took home prizes, with comedian Miranda Hart taking home the non-fiction prize for Is It Just Me, and broadcaster Claire Balding winning the biography of the year award.
All winners will compete for the best overall book of the year which is voted for by the public and is announced on Boxing Day.
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