LONDON-Life After Life writer Kate Atkinson was named UK author of the year, beating Neil Gaiman, Jim Crace, Patrick Ness, Maggie O’Farrell and the late Iain Banks to the title. David Walliams’ Demon Dentist won him the children’s book category for the second year in a row. Nigel Slater fought off competition from fellow TV chefs including Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo and Paul Hollywood to take the food and drink prize for his newest book Eat.

After topping summer book charts Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl - which is currently being made into a film starring Ben Affleck - beat bestselling authors, including Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton and Donna Tartt, to the award for international author. Yousafzai, who co-wrote her memoir I Am Malala with Christina Lamb, triumphed over seasoned non-fiction writers such as Bill Bryson, Malcolm Gladwell and Max Hastings in her category.

She now lives with her family in Birmingham after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman and is a high profile campaigner for girls’ education. Sophie Hannah’s The Carrier was named crime book of the year and newcomer Liza Klaussman took the new writer award for Tigers in Red Weather. Neil Gaiman picked up audiobook of the year for The Ocean at the End of the Lane after missing out in both the UK author of the year and the children’s book categories.