Marcus Rashford MBE among winners at Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford was named Breakthrough Writer of the Year at the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards in London.

The 24-year-old took home the award for his book You Are A Champion, which he wrote together with journalist Carl Anka.

His inspirational guide for young people contains advice on how to reach your potential and be successful.

The annual event, curated by bookstores and chosen by readers, is now in its sixth year and was hosted on Tuesday (November 9th) by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman in Foyles on Charing Cross Road.

Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club, a Sunday Times bestseller, was voted readers’ choice.

The Pointless host said, “I am absolutely thrilled to win this award.

“Thank you Booksellers Association, thank you Books Are My Bag.

“Winning an award chosen by the readers is an absolute dream. It means a lot.”

American poet Amanda Gorman won in the poetry category with The Hill We Climb, the poem she recited at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.

She said: “Thank you booksellers and readers for choosing The Hill We Climb as the BAMB Poetry Award winner.

“That means so much to me because booksellers and readers are really the custodians of literature.

“You all help keep stories alive, so thank you very much for your support – it means so much to me.”

This year’s winners also included Sarah Winman’s Still Life, a historical novel set in Italy during World War II that won the Fiction Prize, and Anita Sethi’s I Belong Here, a memoir that claimed the non-fiction prize.

The shortlists for the prizes were selected by booksellers, the winners are chosen by the public.

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