Paul McCartney, no stranger to the odd prestigious award, has just won another.
Strangely Sir Paul’s acceptance speech (pre-recorded and played to the audience at the awards ceremony) could not be included in the YouTube clip.
Here’s some more info on the other books that were on the shortlist.
The judges wrote that The Lyrics was: “A work of art”; “a unique piece of publishing”; and a book that “belongs in a museum, not just our bookshelves.” They praised the two-volume set as a “fantastic visual diary”, singling out the original hand-written lyrics.
The book was supported by a free exhibition at the British Library and McCartney in Conversation at the Southbank Royal Festival Hall.
Publishers Allen Lane coordinated a global launch, simultaneously in 11 languages, attaining extensive broadsheet and radio coverage. Plus the book was released in multiple translations.