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Joe Wicks receives platinum award status for his book Lean in 15

The authors of some of the most successful books of recent years have been honoured at the first Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book.

Awards were given in three categories – Non-Fiction, Fiction and Children’s. Recently published titles to receive Platinum Awards included body coach Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 (published by Pan Macmillan – Bluebird)

Joe Wicks was delighted: “I can’t believe I’m getting an award for selling one million copies of Lean In 15 in the UK – who would have thought that setting up an Instagram account would lead to this! Never in a million years did I imagine I’d have a book, let alone be given an award and be in the Hall of Fame alongside some amazing people and idols like Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith.”

Watch Joe’s acceptance video



London, Wednesday 25 January 2017

The ‘Class of 2016’ join the Hall of Fame alongside Honorary Platinum authors Martina Cole, Anthony Horowitz and Dame Jacqueline Wilson

The authors of some of the most successful books of recent years have been honoured at the Nielsen Bestseller Awards.

The prestigious event was held at Mayfair’s No. 4 Hamilton Place, hosted by highly respected journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton. Authors and illustrators, including Caitlin Moran, Axel Scheffler and Jojo Moyes, accepted awards for books which reached significant sales milestones of 250,000 (Silver), 500,000 (Gold) or 1m copies (Platinum) during 2016, as recorded by Nielsen BookScan.

Awards were given in three categories – Non-Fiction, Fiction and Children’s. Recently published titles to receive Platinum Awards included body coach Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15; Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, which has gone triple platinum (three million sales) since publication in January 2015; Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You; and J.K. Rowling with co-authors John Tiffany and Jack Thorne for the script book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Rowling, Donaldson and James enter Nielsen ‘Bestseller Hall of Fame’

Authors including J K Rowling, E L James and Julia Donaldson have made Nielsen Book’s first Bestseller Hall of Fame, as their titles are amongst those which reached platinum sales records.

The list – comprising 97 titles by 64 authors – features publications that have sold more than one million copies between 1998 and the end of 2015. It includes 46 fiction titles, 34 children’s books and 14 non-fiction titles.

Rowling appears in the list more than any other author, with nine titles breaking the platinum record, followed by Dan Brown with six. E L James has four, as do the creative team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. However, James is the only person to achieve a ‘sextuple platinum bestseller’, with Fifty Shades of Grey selling more than six million copies.

James’ books are some of the newest to make the line up, along with the likes of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), whilst the oldest are George Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and J R R Tolkein’s The Hobbit.

Other authors to feature in the Hall of Fame include Steig Larsson, Bill Bryson, Jamie Oliver, John Green, Sylvia Day and Helen Fielding, and out of the total, 34 are British and 23 American.

“These 97 titles offer a fascinating snapshot of the reading tastes of the British public,” said Andre Breedt, director of Nielsen Book Research. “Most titles are of recent publication, reflecting the fact that Nielsen Book began tracking book sales 18 years ago. This makes the achievement of titles dating back to more than three-quarters of a century even more impressive.”

He added: “It is interesting to note how fiction dominates over non-fiction, while the oft-presumed dominant celebrity memoir is represented by only a handful of authors.”

Nielsen will officially reveal ‘the class of 2016’ – the books that reached the million-copy milestone last year – at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards ceremony in London next week (25th January).

Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins said: “These are the books of our lives. I am thrilled to see so many of my own favourites on the list, and have spotted many others that I cannot wait to read.”



Nielsen Book and Specsavers today announced the new Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book, which will be officially launched at a special ceremony on 25 January 2017. The awards will celebrate success in book sales across all formats for the first time, and will replace the Nielsen Book Gold and Platinum Awards, which have used sales data to recognise achievements within the book industry since 2001. In addition to the established Platinum (1,000,000 copies) and Gold (500,000) Bestseller Awards, new Silver Awards will be introduced for books that have sold over 250,000 copies in the UK since 1998, as well as new Honorary Platinum Award that will honour authors whose collective titles have achieved similar success over in the same period. The Sunday Times, for decades identified as the home of bestseller charts, will also be the official awards media partner.

“Nielsen Book has long been planning a revamp to its existing awards due to changes in the book trade,” explained Andre Breedt, Director Nielsen Book Research UK. “We are incredibly excited to be working with Specsavers to launch Bestseller Awards that reflect the fast-changing book world. In recent years we have seen unprecedented levels of sales from authors such as J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown, while sales of backlist titles by authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Harper Lee, bolstered by tie-ins and media exposure, remind us that success can have a long life. We have also seen the digital revolution offer readers and authors new ways to connect. By partnering with Specsavers, long a supporter of books and a well-respected brand familiar to millions of readers, we aim to amplify what it means to be a bestseller. This will begin by recognising million copy marvels of 2016.”

Dame Mary Perkins, Chair and co-founder of Specsavers, said: “There is an obvious connection between reading and glasses and many of our customers enjoy nothing better than losing themselves in a good book, myself included. I am looking forward to seeing if there are any titles that I have yet to read. I sincerely hope that more people will join us in support of the industry and authors alike, to buy and share the most popular reads in Britain today.”

The endorsement of the Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book data, will provide consumers with additional confidence in making purchase decisions as well as encourage readers to try authors that are new to them.

Nielsen Book has been the official tracker of print book sales through Nielsen BookScan for the last 16 years. With the addition of e-book tracking through Nielsen PubTrack Digital sales can now be comprehensively measured, making the oft-exploited term ‘bestseller’ quantifiable and trustworthy for the benefit of readers everywhere.