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 2012 so fantastic for us and a sneak preview of the great books coming up in 2013!
Awards and Nominations
2012 has been a fantastic year for The Cancer Survivor's Companion by Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins. In March it won the Guild of Health Writers' Award for the Best Health Book of 2012 and in September it was highly commended by the British Medical Association in their 2012 Medical Book Awards.
Our 2012 superlead title The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne received rave reviews from readers and was crowned the winner of the of the Richard and Judy Autumn 2012 Book Club in November.
After winning the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011, Charlotte Betts was nominated for two awards this year. Her debut novel The Apothecary's Daughter was shortlisted for the Choc Lit Best Historical Read Award and The Painter's Apprentice was shortlisted for the Festival of Romance Best Book Award.
Across the pond, Rosamund Lupton's bestselling novel Afterwards was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's best book of 2012.
We were also thrilled to see Phillipa Ashley win this year's Festival of Romance award for Best E-book for her fab read Miranda's Mount.
Congratulations to all!
This year has seen several Piatkus titles sitting at the top of the bestseller charts. Here are some highlights:
The year started with a bang as academy-award winning actress Goldie Hawn visited the UK to promote her book 10 Mindful Minutes. Boosted by appearances on the Graham Norton Show, This Morning, The One Show and Desert Island Discs amongst others, the book got off to a fantastic – and glamorous – start and reached number one in the trade paperback bestseller charts.
The Witness by Nora Roberts was published to rave reviews from peers, press and readers alike and reached number one in the trade paperback bestseller chart in April.
Proof of Heaven by Dr Eben Alexander was published at the end of October to a whirlwind of publicity on both sides of the Atlantic. It subsequently hit number one in the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list and was in the Amazon UK top 100 for almost a month. And if that wasn't enough, the book was also mentioned in a sermon at Westminster Abbey!
Mindfulness by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman is still selling brilliantly 18 months after publication, featuring week after week in the trade paperback bestseller chart and in the Amazon top 100 too. It has now sold over 50,000 copies in the UK alone and received hundreds of fantastic reader reviews on Amazon.
Media, Reviews and Events
In February we launched the e-book first romance list Piatkus Entice, creating an online community of romance readers and bringing them some of the biggest and best writers around. Look out for new novels by Phillipa Bowers, Anne Douglas and Ginnie Bond which will be hitting the virtual shelves early next year!
Sophie Walker's powerful and moving memoir received some wonderful endorsements on publication. Alastair Campbell described the book as 'Very powerful, very moving, and an important contribution to better understanding of a much misunderstood condition' and bestselling novelist Kathy Lette praised the book via Twitter: 'Grace Under Pressure is a beautiful book. It tugged on my heart strings in the most orchestral fashion'.
Audrey and Sophie Boss launched their new book Beyond Temptation in style with 'The Overeating Dialogues' – a stage adaptation of the text. The performances were so successful that they will be putting on more shows in February!
Last but by no means least, Dorothy Hartley's kitchen classic Food In England was the subject of a fascinating BBC 4 documentary in November presented by historian Lucy Worsley.
2012 has been a great year at Piatkus and we are looking forward to an even better 2013. Here are some of the fantastic books we have coming up:
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