Guardian and MasterChef food critic Grace Dent’s autobiography Hungry has been named the 2021 Lakeland Book of the Year.
Posting on Twitter, Carlisle-born Grace, who also received the The Zefirellis Prize for People & Business, said that she was thrilled to receive the prize for Hungry, which includes details of her early years growing up in Carlisle as part of the memoir.
Chosen from over 70 entries, Hungry was celebrated alongside five other category winners at a charity lunch in support of the Stroke Association, with the attendees raising over £600 for the cause on the day, with additional donations still coming in.
The judges, author and columnist Hunter Davies OBE, broadcaster and Cumbria Tourism president Eric Robson OBE and BBC newscaster, presenter and author Fiona Armstrong, entertained over 70 guests with their thoughts and insights on the 18-strong shortlist before announcing the six winners of 2021.
Lakeland Book of the Year 2021 winners
The Zefirellis Prize for People & Business
Hungry, Grace Dent
The Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscapes and Traditions
Swimming Wild in the Lake District, Suzanna Cruickshank
The Striding Edge Prize for Guides and Places
English Pastoral: An Inheritance, James Rebanks
The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration and Presentation
Terry Abraham: Life On The Mountains, Terry Abraham
The Bookends Prize for Literature & Poetry
Radical Wordsworth, Jonathan Bate
The Gilpin Hotel and Lake Prize for Fiction
Dead Ringer, Nicola Martin