Barbara Taylor Bradford Presented with ‘Lifetime Platinum Bestseller Award’ at HarperCollins

December 5, 2019 1:30 pm

  Legendary bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford was presented with a special recognition at the HarperCollins UK head office in London Bridge on Thursday 28 November 2019. It’s the first time a ‘Lifetime Platinum Bestseller Award’ framed award has been presented and reflects a unique lifetime of incredible sales of an array of bestselling novels over a 40 year writing career. The author was visiting the UK from her New York home to promote her new novel In the Lion’s Den and to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of her most memorable classic, Woman of Substance. In a ceremony involving the HarperCollins UK CEO, Charlie Redmayne, …

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Pinch of Nom authors pick up three Nielsen Bestseller Awards for combined sales of over a million copies

August 14, 2019 10:24 am

  The Nielsen Bestseller Awards have presented Pinch of Nom founders, Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson, with both Silver (250,000 copies sold) and Gold Bestseller Awards (500,000 copies sold) to celebrate the phenomenal sales achievement of their debut book. On 13 June 2019, publisher Bluebird published a second Pinch of Nom title, Pinch of Nom: Food Planner to accompany the bestselling cookbook. The planner is a weekly journal to chart slimming progress, plan weekly meals and to inspire Pinch of Nom fans to reach their goals. Echoing the success of the cookbook, Pinch of Nom: Food Planner is the second …

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George R.R. Martin presented with two Nielsen Platinum Bestseller Awards in rare London appearance

August 9, 2019 12:43 pm

Pictured: George R.R. Martin, Alastair Giles (Director of Nielsen Bestseller Awards), Jane Johnson (Publishing Director, HarperCollins) and Andre Breedt, (MD, Nielsen Book) George R.R. Martin made a rare appearance in London last night (8 August 2019) answering questions from historian Dan Jones, in front of an audience of over 1000 guests at The Emanuel Centre, Marsham Street. The event was managed by HarperCollins UK and Waterstones with over 500 signed copies of his latest book Fire and Blood sold. At the start of the event the author was presented with two Nielsen Platinum Bestseller Award trophies for A Game of …

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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick Awarded Silver Bestseller Award

June 17, 2019 3:32 pm

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick awarded Silver Bestseller Award pictured from l to r with Anna Valentine publisher of Trapeze, Stephen Long from Nielsen, Noel Fitzpatrck & Paul Stevens from Independent Talent On the 31st of May 2019 at the Hay festival ‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick was awarded a Silver Bestseller Award for his uplifting memoir Listening To The Animals: Becoming The Supervet which has sales in excess of 250,000 copies in the UK. In this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of …

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Karin Slaughter Presented with Honorary Platinum Award

March 21, 2019 10:30 am

On the 14th of March, 2019, Karin Slaughter was presented with an Honorary Platinum Nielsen Bestseller Award at the London Book Fair. This award is in recognition of Slaughter’s combined UK sales of over 5,000,000. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as  Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter.

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E.L. James Presented with Sextuple Platinum for Fifty Shades of Grey

March 20, 2019 4:49 pm

E. L. James being presented with her award by Andre Breedt On the 13th of March, 2019, E. L. James was presented with a Sextuple Platinum Award for Fifty Shades of Grey at the London Book Fair. A former TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in the leafy suburbs of West London, James has been writing romantic fiction since 2009 and in 2012 her career took an extraordinary turn when the Fifty Shades Trilogy became worldwide bestsellers and subsequently a series of blockbuster movies. James’ first novel in the Fifty Shades trilogy has astonishing sales of over 6,500,000 in the UK alone.

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Nielsen Honours 2018 Bestselling Authors at its Annual Awards Ceremony

January 22, 2019 8:45 pm

David Walliams, Gail Honeyman, Adam Kay, Francesca Simon and Tony Ross among those honoured   London, 22 January 2019 – Nielsen hosted its annual Bestseller Awards ceremony, in association with Coutts, to honour authors of the most successful books of 2018. Held in the prestigious Coutts atrium, authors from across three primary categories – Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s – received top honours as measured by Nielsen BookScan and PubTrack Digital across both print and e-book formats for a title’s lifetime of sales. The awards ceremony was hosted by Mariella Frostrup. Mariella Frostrup Photo: Marte Rekaa The awards categories are based …

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David Baldacci receives Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award

January 15, 2019 11:13 am

On April the 10th, 2018, David Baldacci was presented with an Honorary Platinum Nielsen Bestseller Award at the London Book Fair. The bestselling American novelist has official sales totalling over 6 million copies in the UK alone. Since his debut in 1996 with Absolute Power that was subsequently adapted to a film starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, he has published 37 novels for adults and 6 novels for younger readers. His books have been published in 45 languages and in 80 countries. With ten series of thrilling novels including the Amos Decker and Atlee Pine series as well as stand alone novels …

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Lauren Weisberger receives Gold Bestseller Award

July 11, 2018 9:40 am

American author Lauren Weisberger has been awarded a Gold Bestseller Award, having sold over​ 750,000​ copies of The Devil Wears Prada in the UK. After graduating from Cornell University and spending a year travelling the world, Lauren Weisberger worked as the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour. Weisberger left Vogue to write for Departures magazine and study writing courses at night. Her debut novel, the Devil Wears Prada, began life as a series of essays, recording anecdotes of her time at Vogue. After adapting her non-fiction writing into a fictional novel, the book was​ first published in 2003. It proved to be a runaway …

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Lee Child receives Platinum Bestseller Award

May 22, 2018 3:53 pm

Specsavers founder returns home to present book award, Dame Mary Perkins, attended CrimeFest on Saturday 19 May to present author, Lee Child, with his Platinum Bestseller Award. The Nielsen Bestseller Awards celebrates the UK’s bestselling books each year. Originally published in 1997, Lee Child has sold one million copies nationwide of his bestselling thriller novel; Killing Floor: Jack Reacher. Steven Long- Nielsen Co. MD, Lee Child, alongside Dame Mary Perkins, Alastair Giles MD of Agile Ideas & Adrian Muller, Crime Fest organiser ‘Reading is something that Specsavers is very passionate about, as of course good eyesight plays an essential role in it, and many …

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Lisa Hall receives Silver bestseller award

May 17, 2018 1:04 pm

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 …

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

March 7, 2018 11:15 am

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 …

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Andy Weir receives Gold Nielsen Bestseller Award

January 26, 2018 1:35 pm

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 …

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January 25, 2018 8:35 pm

BESTSELLING AUTHORS PHILIP PULLMAN, DAVID WALLIAMS, PAULA HAWKINS AND TOM FLETCHER AMONG THOSE HONOURED AT THE NIELSEN BESTSELLER AWARDS 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 …

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Sarah Morgan’s Snow Crystal Trilogy earns Silver Nielsen Bestseller Award

December 18, 2017 11:03 am

Sarah Morgan’s Snow Crystal Trilogy has sold over 250,000 copies, earning her a Silver Nielsen Bestseller Award. USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance, and she has won a prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America three times. Sarah was presented with the Silver Nielsen Bestseller Award at the HarperCollins offices in London on 12th December 2017.  

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Jeff Kinney receives a Platinum Nielsen Bestseller Award for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

December 6, 2017 1:24 pm

Penguin Random House Children’s held a breakfast at the Ritz in London on Monday (4th December 2017) to celebrate 10 years of publishing Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid novels, and to thank the retailers and journalists who have supported the series. Jeff Kinney received a Platinum Nielsen Bestseller Award for selling over a million copies of his first book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the UK. The whole series of Wimpy Kid novels have sold over 10 million books in the UK. Kinney thanked booksellers for their support “Two years ago, I became a bookseller. I think putting a book into …

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Victoria Hislop receives Four Nielsen Bestseller awards

September 21, 2017 10:41 am

Victoria Hislop has been awarded FOUR Nielsen Bestseller awards.  Her chart-topping debut novel, The Island, has now sold over a million copies and receives a Platinum award, with Gold awards being awarded for sales of over half a million copies for The Thread, The Return and The Sunrise. These awards celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales measured by Nielsen Book. Hislop was handed the awards at a ceremony at the Hachette offices in central London on the 14th September, on an occasion to mark her huge success as one of Britain’s leading novelists. Mari Evans, Managing Director of Headline and …

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea sales surpass the million mark

August 31, 2017 5:16 pm

Judith Kerr, the best-selling children’s author, has been awarded with a Specsavers Platinum Bestseller Award as her classic children’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea surpasses one million units sold. Judith Kerr was presented with the award at a ceremony at the office of her publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, central London. The Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book, celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales measured by Nielsen. Inspired by her daughter Tacy, The Tiger Who Came to Tea was Judith Kerr’s first picture book and published in 1968. The book has been a …

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Deliciously Ella surpasses a quarter of a million sales

July 26, 2017 11:20 am

Ella Mills, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Deliciously Ella, has been awarded a Specsavers Silver Bestseller Award, powered by Nielsen, for her debut cookbook, Deliciously Ella, which has now sold over a quarter of a million copies in the UK. The awards celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales measured by Nielsen Book. Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella, is an award-winning cookery author, entrepreneur, and champion of eating well. She started off with her popular blog,, which has had over 110 million hits in the last three years. Her first book came out in January …

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Silver Nielsen Bestseller Award for Hello, is this planet Earth?

March 16, 2017 9:10 pm

Congratulations to Tim Peake who recently received a Silver Specsavers Bestseller Award for his book – Hello, is this planet Earth? for sales of over 250,000. Pictured here with Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK.           Hello, is this planet Earth? takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of Tim Peake’s historic and inspirational six-month Principia mission. Based on over 150 of Tim’s stunning photographs that he took on board the international space station, many of which have not been seen before, this lavish collection showcases the beauty of earth from above, and is the …

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

January 26, 2017 12:40 pm

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 …

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January 26, 2017 10:45 am

  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 …

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

January 19, 2017 8:00 am

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 …

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Q&A with our host – Kate Silverton

January 13, 2017 3:27 pm

Kate Silverton is the host at the launch event on 25th January. Do you read books a lot, and what genre do you like best? I used to read voraciously, I confess though now being a mum to two small children means I tend to have a stack of books by the bedside that I only have time to dip into before I either fall fast asleep or we are disturbed by either one little person joining us or on occasion two and then I am either reading about bears, tigers or unicorns or else telling them a story in …

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January 12, 2017 8:08 pm

INAUGURAL SPECSAVERS BESTSELLER AWARDS TO RECOGNISE OUTSTANDING BOOK SALES IN ALL FORMATS AT JANUARY EVENT 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 …

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