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Bestselling Authors Philip Pullman, David Walliams, Paula Hawkins and Tom Fletcher Among Those Honoured at Specsavers Bestseller Awards

London25 January 2018—Authors of some of the most successful books of 2017 have been honoured at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book. 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 that 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 given in three categories: Non-Fiction, Fiction and Children’s books.

Paula Hawkins was honoured following another stellar year where her debut book The Girl on the Train achieved triple Platinum status. Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I Love You was also awarded with Platinum in 2017.

Fiction was one of 2017’s most popular categories honoured. In total, 36 titles received awards for reaching either Silver, Gold or Platinum status. Some of the most decorated authors in this category included Maggie O’Farrell and Jill Mansell, both awarded with four Silver Awards, and C.L. Taylor, who picked up two Silver Awards.

The Platinum Bestsellers this year were dominated by Children’s books. Authors honoured with Platinum Awards included Jeff Kinney for his books Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and David Walliams for Grandpa’s Great Escape, whilst there were two Platinum Bestseller Awards for Roald Dahl’s Matilda and The Twits. Liz Pichon (three Silver Awards) and Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter were also notable Children’s book authors in 2017.

Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, authors of Silver Award-winning The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet!, said: “We are so excited to pick up this award for a quarter of a million sales of The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet! Thank you to all our readers who have come with us on our pooptastic journey! We’d also like to take this opportunity to announce a brand new Pooping Dinosaur adventure coming this autumn, The Dinosaur That Pooped a Princess will be published this September and this time our hungry dinosaur has his eyes on the land of fairytales!”

Andre Breedt, Co-Managing Director, Nielsen Book, said: “Once again, we’re delighted to host and honour some of the bestselling authors the U.K. has produced. 2017 was another strong year for the industry, with sales keeping pace with the highs we saw in 2016. It was a year adult fiction continued its resurgence alongside the growing success of the domestic children’s book market and it is great to see so many of those authors here tonight.”

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, said: “The Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen, is a wonderful event celebrating the best of the best. It is hugely inspirational to see so many accomplished authors together under one roof, and to be able to champion their achievements. Each and every one of this year’s winners is truly deserving of their accolade. Reading is something that Specsavers is very passionate about, as of course good eyesight plays an essential role in it. We’re delighted to be a part of this important programme for the second year running.”

Other authors to reach Platinum status included Sir Alex Ferguson for My Autobiography and the Hairy Bikers’ Simon King and Dave Myers for The Hairy Dieters as well as Lee Child for the first in his Jack Reacher series, Killing Floor.

The bestselling title of 2017 was Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients, which picked up a Gold Award, with over half a million copies sold since last August.

Details on the Specsavers Bestseller Award winners, powered by Nielsen Book, listings of the latest bestsellers, and features on the authors celebrated at the launch event, can be found at


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Tom Scott