Piatkus 2011 Highlights

Piatkus 2011 Highlights

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With the new year rapidly approaching we've been looking back over the past year and all that we have been doing here at Piatkus.

Here are a few of the highlights that have made 2011 so fantastic for us and a sneak preview of the great books coming up in 2012!

Media, reviews and events:

This is Not the Story You Think It Is, the brilliant memoir by Laura Munson about how she refused to believe her husband no longer loved her, was a instant hit with appearances on This Morning, and a number of weeks in the New York Times bestseller list.

The Empty Nest by Celia Dodd received astounding reviews and articles across the broadsheets as parents looked ahead to their children heading off for university and gap years. Claudia Dyer, our non-fiction commissioning editor went along to celebrate the book's publication in leafy Holland park. Click here to see the pics!

This summer our senior editor, Donna Condon went to Australia for her holiday and couldn't resist meeting up with Judy Nunn AND Keri Arthur. We were so jealous when she sent in the photos of them in the sun. Click here to read all about it!

In October author of All of Me Kim Noble opened up a stunning exhibition of her collection of artwork to the public at Bethlem Gallery.

Kim Noble has already garnered acclaim in the art world for her originality and remarkable personal story. Kim has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – her body plays host to over twenty different personalities, including a little boy who speaks only Latin, a gay man and an anorexic teenager. Some personalities age with her body but others are frozen in time. Without any formal training, thirteen of Kim's personalities create art.
The exhibition, entitled 'One of Many', showcased the variation in styles, colour schemes and themes used by her different personalities. Kim's reputation as an exciting artist has grown over the years and she has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Click here to see her artworks and to find out more about her fascinating memoir, All of Me.

Some of our titles were also shortlisted for a number of prizes – here are a few that won this year:

In March Brave Girl Eating, by Harriet Brown, won the the Books for a Better Life Award in the Childcare and Parenting category. The Books for a Better Life Award was founded fifteen years ago by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York with the intention of recognising self-improvement authors. Previous winners include Thomas Moore, Daniel Goleman and Caroline Myss.

On the 18th May,  Charlotte Betts won the RNA's Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers for her debut novel, The Apothecary's Daughter. We were so delighted for Charlotte and are look forward to her new novel, The Painter's Apprentice – watch this space!

 

Piatkus bestsellers!

After a wonderful year for Rosamund Lupton's debut novel Sister - with over half-a-million copies sold to date – expectations were high for her second novel, Afterwards and it certainly didn't disappoint! Amazon has voted it as one of their top 10 books of 2011 – congratulations Rosamund!

We were delighted when Patrick Holford's  The Feel Good Factor spent eight weeks in a row at the No.1 bestseller spot in Ireland – you can watch Patrick on The Late, Late Show here.

Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman has enjoyed fantastic success this year. Described by John Kabat-Zinn as 'an inspiring programme for anyone who cares about his or her own health and sanity', it has also been supported by Ruby Wax, Goldie Hawn and bestselling author Daniel Goleman, amongst others. It has been reprinted eight times since publication in May!

 

2011 has been a great year at Piatkus and we are looking forward to an even better 2012. Here are some of the fantastic books we have coming up next year:

 

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