Wednesday, 5 December 2012

National Book Awards 2012

What an AMAZING time we had last night!
Really BIZARRE and slightly unreal.
Congratulations to all the winners!
I still can't believe Mark and I (and team Scholastic) got to be part of it all.
Thanks to everyone at Scholastic for getting the book out there.
I'm back at my desk in me cosy shed - what a different world.

I decided that as this was probably NEVER going to happen again - I would be shameless chat to everyone I could - drink champagne and generally be merry and sparkly.

I did all the above. 
Here are photos for proof.

The BRILLIANT Caitlin Moran
giving ELLA some good advice (see below).

Quick scrape with Marks razor...

All the EXTRA sparkle
Glad I shaved now.

It was spec savers after all.

I told Caitlin that 
I'd bought Ella her book
"How To Be A Woman" 

But she hadn't read
it because I'd given it to her.

SO Caitlin said we needed to TEXT her...

With Gok Wan

Nominees all had their pics taken.
I chatted to Mary Berry and got
her to sign a sticker so I
can put it in my book.She was
GLOWING and very lovely.

Kathy Lette looking festive.

Mark, Caroline (my wonderful agent) and me.

Me and Johnny Duddle - who won the WATERSTONES
prize with The Pirates Next Door.
We had already decided David Walliams was
the winner (he was!).

We were RIGHT at the back but Lorraine Kelly

David Walliams said "Children are the future.."
and recited song lyrics.

Miranda Hart was funny and very jolly.

Ian Rankin picked up
outstanding contribution.And said
he still had his best work ahead of him
despite what the
latest review in Private Eye said ...

Ian Hislop (next to Clare)

Clare my editor who looked fabulous and so did new MD Catherine, who took loads of pictures of Mark and I and was great
company all night. We had a BLAST!
So many photographers.

Ian Rankin and award.

Jonny's skull tie - 

The winner is....
International author of the year.
Eowyn Ivey with her award.

I was too embarrassed to
say I messed up Claire Baldwins
photo with her well deserved

Caroline took this -
(I need a new camera - my
pics are rubbish!)

The goodie bags...full of spec stuff.

I had a whole set
of painted nails.
The Templar team photo.

Goodie bag selection.