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De Waal and Colfer win Indy prize
01.01.70 | Katie Allen
Edmund de Waal's Costa-winning memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes (Vintage) has won the adult category of this year's Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2011, beating competiton from authors including David Mitchell and Helen Dunmore.
Puffin author Eoin Colfer won the children's category for the second time for Artemis Fowl and the Atlantic Complex, having won for Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox in 2009.
Meryl Halls, Booksellers Association head of membership services, said: "We offer our congratulations to Edmund de Waal and Eoin Colfer, who both enjoy huge support from independents."
De Waal said: "I owe a huge debt to the real, passionate, independent, local, engaged bookshops for stacking my book next to their tills, talking about it, and pressing it into customers' hands. It is these booksellers who have made my ‘niche' book fly."
While Colfer continued: "It means a huge amount to me to receive an award from independent booksellers, as these are the people who really foster a love of reading in our young people."
The Independent Booksellers' Book Prize is chosen by indie bookselles and their customers. The winning authors each receive National Book Tokens and a framed certificate