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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Book honour for Harry Potter author
JK Rowling
Rowling has topped best seller lists for four years
JK Rowling, Helen Fielding and Tony Parsons are among the top-selling authors to be honoured at the inaugural Whitaker Gold and Platinum Book Awards.

The award ceremony recognises the achievement of authors in a similar way to the record industry, which acknowledges top-selling acts with platinum and gold records.

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling was honoured with a platinum award after dominating bestseller lists for four years.

Each of the Harry Potter books about a fictional schoolboy wizard have sold more than one million copies.

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The multimillionaire writer was unable to attend the ceremony in London but did send a message through her publisher Nigel Newton, the managing director of Bloomsbury.

"Despite what you may have read, and probably to Nigel's immense relief, I am happily incarcerated in a rather chilly Edinburgh, busily writing Book Five," she said.

Her comments are directed at and contradict recent reports which suggest Rowling is suffering from writers' block.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in her series, has been made into a film which is due to be released in November.

Other author's to receive platinum awards include Louis de Bernière for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Helen Fielding for Bridget Jones's Diary and Frank McCourt for Angela's Ashes, each of which has been turned into a film.

Gold category winners who have sold more than half a million copies of their books include Jamie Oliver for return of the Naked Chef, Delia Smith for How to Cook and Tony Parsons for Man and Boy.

The awards represent sales of books from bookshops, supermarkets and over the internet.

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