Nielsen Honours 2018 Bestselling Authors at its Annual Awards Ceremony

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 on sales volumes – Silver (250,000 sales), Gold (500,000 sales), and Platinum (1,000,000 sales). The authors being recognised have all reached significant sales milestones and have helped contribute to another robust year for the UK book industry, totalling 191m books sold last year to the value of £1.6bn. In total, 22 Fiction titles have reached either Silver, Gold or Platinum status.

This year, the Platinum Bestsellers are dominated by Fiction titles with four authors honoured including Jojo Moyes for After You, Liane Moriarty for The Husband’s Secret, B. A. Paris for Behind Closed Doors and Gail Honeyman for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Notably, Honeyman had a stellar year with her debut, achieving sales of 1.2m in 2018 alone – well in excess of the 1m sales required for a Platinum award. Honorary Platinum winners inducted into the 21st Century Hall of Fame are Francesca Simon and Tony Ross.

Gail Honeyman Photo: Marte Rekaa

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the library staff, booksellers and, of course, to all of the readers who have championed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine over the last year or so,” said Gail Honeyman. “I’m very grateful, and I’m completely thrilled to be receiving this award.”

The Children’s category boasted some of the most successful authors including David Walliams, receiving two Platinum awards for The Midnight Gang and Ratburger as well as two Gold awards for The Ice Monster and World’s Worst Children 3. David said of his multiple wins, “I am delighted to be honoured at this year’s Nielsen Book Awards for my children’s books and I’d like to say a huge thank-you to my readers for making it possible!” Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler brought home two Platinum awards for The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child and Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also achieved Platinum status. Liz Pichon continued her success, having been awarded three Silver awards in 2017, with three more Silver awards for 2018. Jim Field accepted a Silver award for Oi Frog! on behalf of himself and Kes Gray.

Non-Fiction authors also received top honours. Jamie Oliver achieved Platinum status for 5 Ingredients – Quick and Easy Food while Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt both received Gold.

Adam Kay Photo: Marte Rekaa

“Once again, we’re delighted to host and honour some of the bestselling authors the UK has produced,” said Andre Breedt, Managing Director, Nielsen Book Research International. “2018 was another strong year for the industry, with sales keeping pace with the highs of recent years and where the largest category Non-Fiction saw growth in both value and volume sales. My warmest congratulations to all the winners, it will be great to celebrate with so many of you tonight.”

“Coutts are delighted to be supporting the UK book industry through this year’s Nielsen Bestseller Awards, recognising and celebrating the UK’s bestselling titles,” said Simon Hopes, Commercial Director at Coutts. “It will be hugely inspirational to see so many accomplished authors together under one roof, and to be able to champion their achievements. We can already count a large number of the UK’s most established authors, past and present among our clients, from Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens to many of today’s best loved writers, so this is a natural fit for us.”