Publishing Round-Up: 4th January 2016.

Fifty Shades at top of best selling books of 2015

The Guardian have revealed the top selling books of 2015 which includes Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian at the top selling over one million units.

‘After a 2014 that saw books for kids – led by John Green and David Walliams novels – ruling the annual sales chart, 2015 was the year of the women. Female authors, including Harper Lee and Judith Kerr, took seven of the top 10 places, leaving room only for Guinness World Records and two of the three kings of Christmas, Walliams and Jeff Kinney, with the third, Jamie Oliver, just outside at number 11.’

Title Author Imprint Pub date Binding RRP Volume
Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian EL James Arrow 18 Jun 2015 Paperback £7.99 1,075,206.00
Grandpa’s Great Escape David Walliams HarperCollins Children’s 24 Sep 2015 Hardback £12.99 532,513.00
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday 15 Jan 2015 Hardback £12.99 477,887.00
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom Millie Marotta Batsford 14 Aug 2014 Paperback £9.99 409,858.00
Mog’s Christmas Calamity Judith Kerr HarperCollins Children’s 12 Nov 2015 Paperback £3.00 382,014.00
Elizabeth Is Missing Emma Healey Penguin 1 Jan 2015 Paperback £7.99 368,786.00
Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee William Heinemann 14 Jul 2015 Hardback £18.99 342,146.00
The Miniaturist Jessie Burton Picador 1 Jan 2015 Paperback £7.99 320,648.00
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School Jeff Kinney Puffin 3 Nov 2015 Hardback £12.99 313,640.00
Guinness World Records 2016 Guinness World Records 10 Sep 2015 Hardback £20.00 309,900.00

See the full chart here.


Richard and Judy Book Club 2016 titles revealed

‘Debut novelists Laura Barnett, Claire Fuller and Ruth Ware have been chosen for the latest Richard & Judy Book Club promotion, exclusive to W H Smith.

Barnett’s novel The Versions of Us (Weidenfeld & Nicholson), about a meeting between a man and woman with three possible, alternative outcomes, launches the spring list, which commences today (31st December).

The Desmond Elliott winner, Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days (Fig Tree), is also chosen for the list.’

Read more about the titles on the list here.

Waterstones reveal new year book club titles

‘Two Weidenfeld & Nicolson titles and the Desmond Elliott Prize winner are among the eight novels to have made it onto the Waterstones New Year Book Club, commencing in January.

On the list is debut The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett (Weidenfeld & Nichoson), a love story which begins when Eva and Jim meet at 19 and follows three different versions of their future – together, and apart. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North, also published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, has also made the list – described as a “page-turning plot” about an enigmatic film director, told by the six people who loved her most.

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Fig Tree), which won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 and tells the story of Peggy Hillcoat and her survivalist father as they live in a remote European forest, is also on the list.’

Read more about the list here.

Dawson reveals name change from James to Juno

‘The author of YA title This Book is Gay (Hot Key), previously known as James Dawson, has revealed a new name: Juno.

Dawson announced a decision to transition from male to female in October.

Juno Dawson was revealed as the author’s new choice of name on Twitter this week.

Dawson told The Bookseller: “I chose [the name] Juno because it sounded cool! I ‘tried on’ a few names that just weren’t me over the last year or so before settling on something that fit. The fact that the name is connected to mythology is a lovely bonus.”‘ed

Read more about her transition here.

Literary agent and numerous authors in New Year’s honours

‘Literary agent Ed Victor, philanthropist William Sieghart and authors Simon Brett and Vivian French all feature on this year’s New Year’s Honours.

Victor becomes a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to literature; Sieghart receives the same honour for services to public libraries, following his chairing of two recent library reviews.

Crime writer Brett has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) while Vivian French, author of the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series (Walker Books), receives an MBE (Member of the British Empire) “for services to literature, literacy, illustration and the arts”.

Playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose book The Audience is published by Faber, receives a CBE.’

Read more about the honours here.

Books in 2016: a literary calendar

The Guardian has compiled a large list of all the most anticipated new book releases of 2016 and important literary events.

‘From a new novel by Julian Barnes to the film of The Girl on the Train, from the most hotly tipped debuts to Henning Mankell’s farewell essays – everything you need to know about the literary year ahead.’

The list includes a new title from Irvine Welsh, AL Kennedy, Ali Smith, James Kelman and many, many more. See the full list here.



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