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30FROM30 HARRY POTTER AND THE 


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K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the winner of the 30from30 award, a


rize oe honouring the best and most i in uen a of


B tish Book Awards.


Our judges were drawn to Harry gu


a stellar shortlist of contenders. “It i a v


uided by Mr Ollivander, from a


one, “for a series that is not just a brilli nt a very a of life an Booksell ublishi


rilliant read for children, but also a very adult musing on the nature of


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snatched moments in cafés, as her young d


oung daughter slept, with a small grant frant from the Scottish Arts Council. “If I’d w


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“If I’d w think I’d


wanted to make money, do you dhave written about wizards?” Famous first words. This and the six follow-on books created an empire. It began began with midnight openings, newspa


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newspaper leaks and supermarket pr ce w f


price wars. Then there were the spin-off


THE SHOR THE SHOR HORTLIST


The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown TRANSWORLD Wild Swans Jung Chang WILLIAM COLLINS


Julia Donaldson, Axel  MACMILLAN Helen Fielding PICADOR This is Going to Hurt Adam  PAN MACMILLAN Wolf Hall  Mantel FOURTH ESTATE


WINNER


  Stone


J K Rowling BLOOMSBURY


The Lost Words R Macfarlane, J Morris HAMISH HAMILTON 5 Ingredients Jamie Oliver MICHAEL JOSEPH Northern Lights Philip Pullman SCHOLASTIC White Teeth Zadie Smith PENGUIN


THE LONGLIST FOR THIS AWARD WAS PREPARED BY THE BOOKSELLER WITH BACKGROUND RESEARCH FROM BOOK TRADE HISTORIAN MARIA VASSILOPOULOS, WHO ALSO ACTED AS ONE OF THE JUDGES.


spin-off titles, the pitch-perfect aud o re


diio read by Stephen Fry, the recent illus raustrated editions (superbly done byJim K


by Jim Kay), an award-winning play (“Harry PHarryPotter and the Cursed Child”), a range of theme parks and games, real-life Quidditch teams and, of course, blockbuster films.


Twenty-three years on, the first


book remains the defining one, and it continues to be a regular in the bestseller charts, even as the author has moved into a successful series of adult books. Last month, her surprise kids’ book The Ickabog had over five million page views in the first 24 hours of its first two chapters going online. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s


Stone was the book that lived. It changed everything for everyone, and is the rightful winner of this one-off award.


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“It is a very clever beginning,” said one, “fo


and death.” Rowling told The


Booksel er, ahead of Bloomsbury publishing it in 1997, of writing it in snatche


nfluential book from the past 30 years of the Bri Our jju


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