J.K. Rowling was awarded the BA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Book Trade at this year’s British Book Awards. This award recognises an individual who has made a hugely positive impact within the book industry. She was praised as “a loud and proud force for good”.

On receiving the award, Rowling said: “How thrilled I am to receive the Bookseller’s Association Outstanding Contribution Award. Twenty years ago, I would hardly have believed I’d have a book published let alone an accolade as wonderful as this; I am truly honoured and overwhelmed. But tonight is really about you, the booksellers, without whom of course there would be no bestsellers. I want to thank you all for supporting my books throughout the years – this award is really for you!”

The British Book Awards celebrate the British book trade and the people behind it. They recognise the commercial success and creative talent of authors, bookshops and publishers over the past year.