Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Headline) has been voted Specsavers Book of the Year 2013, winning the public vote "by a considerable margin".
All the winners of this year's Specsavers National Book Awards - who included Malala Yousafzai, Robert Harris, Kate Atkinson and David Walliams among them - were eligible for the vote. Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane had previously won in the Audible Audiobook category.
Gaiman said: “I've never written a book before that was so close to my own heart: a story about memory and magic and the fear and danger of being a child. I wasn't sure that anyone else would like it. I'm amazed and thrilled that so many other people have read it, loved it, and made their friends read it too. Winning a National Book Award was thrilling; discovering that the public have made The Ocean at the End of the Lane their Book of the Year is somewhere out beyond wonderful. Thank you to everyone who voted.”
Amanda Ross, joint m.d. of award producers Cactus TV, called Gaiman "an incredibly worthy winner, dominating the public vote.”
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