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Mary Berry wins outstanding achievement book award

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Image caption Mary Berry was given her lifetime achievement award by her friend and fellow culinary luminary Ken Hom

Mary Berry has been honoured with the outstanding achievement award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.

The Great British Bake Off judge was recognised for her 60-year career, in which she has published more than 80 best-selling cookery books.

David Walliams won children's book of the year for the third time for Awful Auntie.

He also beat Stephen Fry for More Fool Me and Clare Balding for Walking Home to win audio book of the year.

David Nicholls won UK author of the year for his novel Us. David Mitchell and Ali Smith were among the authors he beat to take home the award for a second time.

Karen Joy Fowler was named international author of the year for her Booker nominated novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

Other winners include MP Alan Johnson for his memoir Please, Mister Postman and Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim was named crime book of the year.

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Image caption David Nicholls, Nina Stibbe and Nathan Filer picked up their awards at the ceremony at the Foreign Office

Berry, however, was beaten in the food and drink category by Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty More.

First time authors Nathan Filer and Nina Stibbe won popular fiction book of the year and non-fiction book of the year for their works The Shock of the Fall and Love, Nina respectively.

Jessie Burton won new writer of the year for her first novel, The Miniaturist.

The public can now vote for their choice of the ultimate book of the year from the 10 category winners.

Online voting closes on 19 December with the winner announced on 22 December.

Last year Neil Gaiman won book of the year for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, while previous winners include EL James' raunchy blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman and David Nicholls' romantic novel One Day.

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