J.K. Rowling Named Overall Great Briton of 2007

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Feb 01, 2008

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been named the Morgan Stanley Overall Great Briton of 2007 as well as the winner of the Great Briton, Arts category. As we reported last month, Jo was nominated for these awards which recognize those who “contributed exceptional achievements to their field this year in a distinctly British way,” and had been shortlisted in the Arts category along with actor Sir Ian McKellen and artist Damien Hirst.
Naming Jo for both honors, The Telegraph reports:

A publishing phenomenon, JK Rowling has changed reading habits and patterns worldwide. The success of the Harry Potter books – the final novel in the series sold 11 million copies in its first 24 hours – has united a generation of children and parents in a genuine love of reading.

The judges felt Miss Rowling had transformed the world’s view of Britain and that her books are “brilliantly British”. That she also managed to top the best-seller list in France with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the first English-language author to do so, is a further testament to her global appeal. Rowling has left an indelible mark on the nation’s literary history, which is why the judges insisted that she should receive double honours, winning the arts category and be named the Morgan Stanley Overall Great Briton of 2007.

UPDATE: The Scotsman reports Jo was unable to attend the awards ceremony, and “accepted the award by video from her home in Edinburgh, described 2007 as “a very bittersweet year for me” but said she was “thrilled and honoured” to receive the prize.”

Congratulations Jo!





19 Responses to J.K. Rowling Named Overall Great Briton of 2007

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She certainly has well earned each and every one of those honors. I can´t think of one who deserves it more. Congratulations Jo!

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Nice! :D

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Congrats Jo!!!! She deserves everything she’s gotten! :]

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To use my friend Amber’s favorite phrase.

Jo is made of AWESOME!

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Congratulations Jo! You deserve it. :*)

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Wow! Congrats Jo!!! That’s faulous that she is getting this sort of recognition. And absolutely deserved.

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Congratulations! Thats so awesome and you are beyond worthy!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! you deserves every bit of it!

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Yesss =D So well-deserved! Keep the awards coming!!

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Wow! I should think Jo has enough awards to decorate a whole wall by now. I’m just so pleased that people are looking seriously at her tremendous achievements, and the knock-on effects of her work on practically the whole world.

Congratulations, Jo, and thank you so much for being the source of inspiration for so many.

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Congratulations Jo, very well deserved.

I’m a bit puzzled about the sentence ‘the first book in the series sold 11 million copies in its first 24 hours’ though. I thought the first edition was only 500 copies…

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Ahhhh…that brilliant women…..I would like to ask her: what is like to have the most brillint brain on the planet?:)

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CONGRATULATIONS JO! You deserve it!

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anne—double-check the article: it reads “final” novel, not “first.” Then again, the house elves have been correcting typos for us…

Either way, JKR must be blushing from dawn to dusk for all the attention and honors being heaped upon her…can’t see her for the laurels!

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Congratulations Jo!!! That is so fantastic. ;) Thanks for everything!

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Congrats Jo!!

You’re awesome… I’d really like you to see what I wrote to you after finishing Deathly Hallows :) Basically it’s a great “thank you” for all you’ve given us during all this years… I loved every page of your books and was inmensely happy at every reading second.

So that’s why you deserve the award, congrats again!

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Anne (comment posted above on February 01, 2008 @ 07:21 AM). It says the FINAL Novel sold 11,000,000 in its first 24hrs not the first book.

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u deserve more than awards, Jo. im serious

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thank u jo.. i can’t say hw much i enjoyed de book . it was really fasinating . al de award u hav received is 4 ur imaginative skill.. yet u deserve more than u hav got.. it is really bad that the serie hav to end… dissapointed though v the readers are in that matter… al the best for ur forth coming books… in name of harry james potter… levicorpus….

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