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Lisa Hall receives Silver bestseller award

On May 9th, 2018, author Lisa Hall was presented with a Silver Bestseller Award by Nielsen Book, for selling in excess of a quarter of a million copies of ‘Between You and Me’. Sales of the e-book format of this psychological thriller have been particularly impressive, exceeding 360K. Hall was presented with her award at HarperCollins HQ.

Lisa dreamt of being a writer since she was a little girl – or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, finally got her debut book Tell Me No Lies published in 2016. She lives in a small village in Kent, and her her upcoming book, The Party, is out on the 26th July 2018.

The sales of Lisa’s book were recorded by Nielsen Book Scan.

Nielsen Book Announces Tom Kerridge as 2018’s first 250,000 Copy Selling Author

Friday 2 March 2018, LONDON – Double Michelin starred chef, Tom Kerridge, has been awarded the first Specsavers Bestseller award of 2018 as his book Lose Weight for Good, reaches 250,000 copies sold. 

The annual awards, powered by Nielsen Book, celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales. In the first weeks of the year, Kerridge’s latest title has already racked up over a quarter of a million copies. Featuring over one hundred new recipes, the book ties into a six-part primetime BBC Two Series which aired in January 2018.

Tom Kerridge, author of book Lose Weight for Good, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who has bought my new book, watched the show or cooked the recipes, I’m so happy that Lose Weight for Good has been so successful. I truly believe you can lose weight and still enjoy food – I’m thrilled to have inspired so many people on their weight-loss journey.”

From left to right: Emma Hopkin, Amanda Shipp, Tom Kerridge, Tram-Anh Doan, Jon Croft, Thi Dinh

Emma Hopkin, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Consumer publishing, said: “We are so pleased for Tom that this book has been such a great success, combining his enormous passion for delicious food with a healthy diet. It really is wonderful to see such great recipes reaching such a wide audience. We couldn’t be more proud of him. And a huge thank you to all the retailers who have supported Lose Weight for Good and kept it riding high in the charts for such a long time.”

Andre Breedt, Managing Director of Nielsen Book, said: “It’s an incredible feat for any author to have sold over a quarter of a million copies in just eight weeks, congratulations go to Tom and the team at Bloomsbury and Absolute Press. Cookery books are big business in the UK and given the time of year where people are perhaps looking at New Year’s resolutions and fitness, this book’s release seems to have taken advantage of that trend.

Tom Kerridge with Kevan Green from Specsavers

Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, said: ‘Huge congratulations to Tom Kerridge for becoming the first author this year to be presented with a Silver Specsavers Bestseller Award. Good eyesight is crucial for reading and we know so many of our customers love sitting down – or in this case getting in the kitchen – with a good book. It’s no surprise Lose Weight for Good has been such a huge success. We look forward to seeing what Tom does next.’

Tom Kerridge has lost an astonishing twelve stone in the last four years on a low-carb diet tailored to his life as a professional chef so knows what works. The reduced calorie recipes focus on popular foods, creating dishes that are easy to make, delicious to eat and will help people to lose weight.

Andy Weir receives Gold Nielsen Bestseller Award

January 10th, 2018 – London

ANDY WEIR, author of The Martian and Artemis, has been presented with a Gold Nielsen Bestseller Award for reaching sales of over half a million copies of The Martian in the UK. These Awards celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales measured by Nielsen Book.

Andy was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. His first novel, The Martian, originally published in 2011 was adapted into a film in 2015.  His latest novel, Artemis, was published in the UK in November 2017.

The Award was presented at his publisher’s offices in Central London while the author was on a publicity tour for his new book, Artemis. On receiving his trophy, Andy Weir said: “Thank you so much for this Award, I’m just thrilled to receive it.  I’m so happy that the book has sold so well in the UK, and thank you very much Specsavers.”



London, Thursday 25 January 2018 – Authors of some of the most successful books of 2017 have been honoured at The Nielsen Bestseller Awards. The prestigious event was held at London’s May Fair hotel and hosted by presenter, Mariella Frostrup.

Authors including Tim Marshall, Louise Doughty, Ben Elton, Jessie Burton and Victoria Hislop, accepted awards for books which reached significant sales milestones of 250,000 (Silver), 500,000 (Gold) or 1,000,000 copies (Platinum) during 2017, as recorded by Nielsen Book.

The awards were given in three categories – Non-Fiction, Fiction and Children’s books.

Paula Hawkins was honoured following another stellar year where her debut The Girl on the Train became the bestselling novel of the last six years, and picked up a triple Platinum Award. Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I Love You was also awarded with Platinum in 2017.

Fiction was one of 2017’s most popular categories honoured. In total, 36 titles received awards for reaching either Silver, Gold or Platinum status. Some of the most decorated authors in this category included Maggie O’Farrell and Jill Mansell, both awarded with four Silver Awards, and C.L. Taylor, who picked up two Silver Awards.

The Platinum Bestsellers this year were dominated by Children’s books. Authors honoured with Platinum Awards included Jeff Kinney for his books Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and David Walliams for Grandpa’s Great Escape, whilst there were two Platinum Bestseller Awards for Roald Dahl’s Matilda and The Twits. Liz Pichon (three Silver Awards) and Tom Fletcher (two Silver Awards) were also notable Children’s book authors in 2017.

Tom Fletcher, author of Silver Award-winning The Christmasaurus, said: “I’ve had such an incredible time over the last year. From meeting so many young readers at signings, to releasing a Musical Edition and putting on the first live shows, The Christmasaurus has taken me on such an amazing journey so far and with the movie in development it is so exciting to think that this is only the beginning. Picking up this Silver Award for a quarter of a million sales is like the icing on the (Christmas) cake. Thank you!” 

Andre Breedt, Co-Managing Director, Nielsen Book, said: “Once again, we’re delighted to host and honour some of the bestselling authors the UK has produced. 2017 was another strong year for the industry, with sales keeping pace with the highs we saw in 2016. It was a year adult fiction continued its resurgence alongside the growing success of the domestic children’s book market and it is great to see so many of those authors here tonight.” 

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, said: “The Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen, is a wonderful event celebrating the best of the best. It is hugely inspirational to see so many accomplished authors together under one roof, and to be able to champion their achievements. Each and every one of this year’s winners is truly deserving of their accolade. Reading is something that Specsavers is very passionate about, as of course good eyesight plays an essential role in it. We’re delighted to be a part of this important programme for the second year running.”

Other authors to reach Platinum status included Sir Alex Fergusson for My Autobiography and the Hairy Bikers’ Simon King and Dave Myers for The Hairy Dieters as well as Lee Child for the first in his Jack Reacher series, Killing Floor.

The bestselling title of 2017 was Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients, which picked up a Gold Award, with over half a million copies sold since last August.