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The Nielsen BookData Bestseller Awards Announce Winners and Honours at Ham Yard

Elif Shafak, Peter James, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler were among the prize-winners at the ceremony, presented by comedian Shaparak Khorsandi.

The four titles that achieved Platinum status are inducted into the Hall of Fame, which now includes 157 titles. The unstoppable Richard Osman received his second Platinum award for The Bullet That Missed. Children’s book duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler achieved Platinum status for another of their titles, The Highway Rat. Sally Rooney and Colleen Hoover both had titles simultaneously recognised in the Platinum and Gold categories – Rooney’s Normal People achieved Platinum status with Gold awards going to her first novel, Conversations with Friends and most recent book Beautiful World, Where Are You, and Hoover’s runaway hit It Ends with Us (Platinum) was honoured alongside It Starts With Us (Gold).

Speaking in his recorded acceptance speech, Richard Osman said: "Thank you to the readers, thank you to the booksellers, and thank you to Nielsen. Honestly, this is absolutely extraordinary, wonderful, and I cherish it."

Two authors received Author Platinum Awards on the night, having sold over five million copies across all their titles: Susan Lewis who celebrated fifty bestselling novels in 2023, and Victoria Hislop, whose career has included runaway success The Island which is already a Platinum Bestseller in its own right. Miriam Margolyes’ This Much is True achieved Gold status, alongside novels from Kazuo Ishiguro, T.M. Logan, Sally Page and Miranda Crowley Heller. Peter James received the highest number of awards this evening, with four books achieving Silver status.

Other winners included:

Platinum Winners

  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

  • The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Gold Winners

  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

  • It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover

  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • The Holiday by T.M. Logan

  • The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page

  • This Much is True by Miriam Margolyes

  • The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Silver Winners

  • Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up: The funniest WTF AM I DOING? by Alexandra Potter

  • Dead at First Sight by Peter James

  • Dead if you Don’t by Peter James

  • Dishoom: The first ever cookbook from the much-loved Indian restaurant by Shamil Thakrar

  • Find them Dead by Peter James

  • Left You Dead by Peter James

  • Murdle by G. T. Karber

  • Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls

  • The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Author Platinum Awards (for authors who have sold over five million copies across their titles)

  • Susan Lewis

  • Victoria Hislop



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