Mary Berry rises to the top of Specsavers National Book Awards

Mary Berry CBE has received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Specsavers National Book Awards, which showcase the best of British writing and publishing, while celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success.

Mary Berry rises to the top of Specsavers National Book Awards

The bestselling author, TV cook and judge of BBC1’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ was given her award by long-time friend and fellow culinary legend Ken Hom OBE, in recognition of her illustrious career spanning over 60 years, taking her from cookery editor to TV personality and bestselling author. To date she has published over 80 bestselling cookery books and sold more than five million copies around the world.

Author Yotam Ottolenghi also tasted success, with ‘Plenty More’ scooping top prize in the Food and Drink Book of the Year category.

Winners were revealed at a glamorous ceremony held at The Foreign Office followed by a reception for the nominees at Number 11 Downing Street, in association with bookshop campaign, Books Are My Bag. TV personality Susanna Reid hosted the ceremony and media partner Magic FM broadcast interviews with winners and shortlisted authors.

Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins said: “Specsavers is delighted to sponsor the National Book Awards for the third consecutive year and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and especially Mary Berry on her lifetime achievement award.”

Meanwhile, Ken Hom will be making a special appearance at The Housewares Conference & Awards 2015, organised by Housewares Magazine and in April 22 at Wokefield Park in Berkshire. For details, please go to

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