We’re absolutely delighted to announce this morning that 4th Estate and Publishing Director Nick Pearson won Imprint & Editor of the Year at last night’s Bookseller Industry Awards, which took place at the Hilton Park Lane in central London.
4th Estate has, of course, had a sensational year. Our brilliant team of editors has published prize-winning, best-selling titles across both fiction and non-fiction – frontlist and backlist – and punched way above its weight on the literary pages and the bestseller lists. We’ve had a Man Booker Prize winner, the Costa Book of the Year, the Royal Society Science Book of the Year, two further Booker longlist titles, a Guardian First Book Award shortlist, a Waterstones Eleven debut, an agenda-setting and genre-defying popular science title and the most acclaimed cookery title of the year.
Meanwhile Nick, in his over 20 years at 4th Estate, has embodied the principle of publishing authors not books. His stable includes Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, ChimamandaNgozi Adichie, Philip Hensher, Philip Hoare, Ian Sansom, Doris Lessing, Michael Chabon, Craig Brown, Tash Aw, Alexander Masters and Yiyun Li. In 2012 he published debut novelist Chad Harbach’s The
Art of Fielding to great acclaim (Guardian First Book Award shortlisted), James Gleick’s The Information (winner of the Royal Society Science Book of the Year) and, most notably, has broken all records with the publication of Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies – Man Booker Prize winner – the first woman, the first Briton to win twice and the first ever to win with a sequel; Costa Book of the Year; Specsavers Author of the Year; and David Cohen Prize winner.