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David Beckham wins special prize for his book

Soccer star David Beckham has won a special prize at the British Book Awards for his book My Side, the fastest-selling biography or autobiography of all time.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, London
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2004 08:36 PM IST

Soccer star David Beckham has won a special prize at the British Book Awards for his book My Side, the fastest-selling biography or autobiography of all time.

Lynne Truss' best selling grammar guide Eats, Shoots and Leaves won the book of the year award, while Alexander McCall Smith was named the best author at the award ceremony last night.

British Asian Monica Ali won newcomer of the year for her debut Brick Lane.

"I am thrilled to get this award," Beckham told the BBC. His book had sold 103,000 copies in its first week.

"When I decided to write my autobiography I never expected to be breaking records. I just wanted to give my side of the story," said the England football captain.

The book, published last September, has sold over one million copies.

Lynne Truss' book has taken over 5 million pounds since it was first printed in November.

Whitbread winner Mark Haddon won two awards for his novel about a 15-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, the children's book of the year and literary fiction prize.

Other winners included Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones which took the Richard and Judy best read of the year Award, as voted for by the public.

Simon Sebag-Montefiore's Stalin - The Court of the Red Tsar won the history book of the year.

Rugby star Martin Johnson won the sports book of the year for his autobiography, Nigel Slater picked up biography of the year for Toast and the lifetime achievement award went to Sir David Attenborough.

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