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Becks' book scores literary award

April 7, 2004
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David Beckham has proved his talents are not limited to scoring goals and looking cool, after winning a top literary award.

The footballer's autobiography has been named the fastest selling book of its kind at the British Book Awards in London. Becks, who is more accustomed to being written about than putting pen to paper himself, was clearly delighted with the prize.

My Side, which has already sold over one million copies, became the fastest selling autobiography of all time when it was published last year. The tome shifted over 100,000 copies in its first week alone, smashing all previous records.

"When I decided to write my autobiography I never expected to be breaking records," he said in a video message. "I just wanted to give my side of the story."

Organisers of the British Book Awards were so impressed with sales of the book, that they decided to create the new prize in recognition of its success. The work was also nominated in the prestigious Book Of The Year section, but it lost out in that category to a book about grammar, Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss.

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David wasn't able to attend the prizegiving in person, but he sent a video message to express his thanks. "When I decided to write my autobiography I never expected to be breaking records," he saidPhoto: © AFP

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