TV comics Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais were big winners at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

Gervais, star of The Office and Extras, won the Children’s Book of the Year prize for his cartoon creations Flanimals of the Deep.

Kay beat Gordon Ramsay to the Biography of the Year award with his best-selling memoir, The Sound of Laughter.

The book was the surprise hit of last year, shifting a record-breaking 600,000 copies in its first two months of release. Sales are now approaching one million.

The Bolton funnyman had also been nominated in the Book of the Year category. But that went instead to The Dangerous Book For Boys by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden, a children’s how-to guide extolling such old-fashioned pastimes as playing conkers and climbing trees.

The 18th annual awards – known as the “Nibbies” – were hosted by presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan from London’s Grosvenor House.

Professional atheist Professor Richard Dawkins was named Author of the Year for The God Delusion, his attack on religious faith.

England star Steve Gerrard won Sports Book of the Year for Gerrard: My Autobiography.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was named TV and Film Book of the Year after it was turned into a Hollywood hit starring Meryl Streep.