John Grisham won the lifetime achievement award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
The Mississipi-based writer, whose legal thrillers have sold 250million copies worldwide, received a lifetime achievement award at the Galaxy British Book Awards last night.
The 52-year-old, whose novels include The Firm, A Time To Kill and The Pelican Brief, said: 'I am very honoured to receive this award. As a writer of popular fiction I do not pick up many awards.'
Grisham gave up a promising legal career in America's Deep South to take up writing and went on to become the bestselling novelist of the 1990s.
Along with Tom Clancy, he is one of only two authors to sell 2 million copies on a first printing. Grisham's 1992 novel The Pelican Brief sold 11million copies in the US alone.
Paying tribute to the multimillionaire author, Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola called him a 'natural born storyteller'.
Other winners to pick up a so-called Nibbie included comedians Peter Kay for The Sound Of Laughter and Ricky Gervais for his children's book Flanimals Of The Deep. Ian Rankin won the BCA crime thriller of the year, while Richard Dawkins was named Reader's Digest author of the year for his controversial The God Delusion.
This is the 18th year that the Galaxy awards have been handed out. Guest presenters included Cherie Blair and Kyle MacLachlan. You can read more about the awards, which is referred to in England as the Nibbies, here.