John Grisham, whose legal thrillers have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide in the last 20 years, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
“As a writer of popular fiction I do not pick up many awards,’‘ Grisham said on receiving The Book People Lifetime Achievement Award.
Francis Ford Coppola paid tribute to the multi-million earning author. “John Grisham is just a natural born storyteller and, in the course of pursuing this, has become a fabulous writer,” said the director. “He is, of course, a sharp legal mind, and had been a lawyer. He’s a great father, and one of the few people who’s turned the art of writing into a lucrative business. And to make it all worse he’s very, very handsome.”
All the Galaxy British Book Awards winners are given a trophy in the shape of a golden pen nib, hence the award’s nickname.
They are the only awards which take votes both from the book-buying public and the Academy of the British Book Industry, made up of publishers, booksellers, past winners and other representatives of the British book industry. The Academy is chaired by Jilly Cooper.
Readers could vote via a card in a special magazine or online. The event drew almost 200,000 votes, up 50,000 on 2006. The ceremony is televised by Channel 4 and will be shown at 8pm on Friday March 30.