A very select Picador chronology

28 September 2012

These selections are by no means the only milestones in Picador's forty years, but they epitomise the strengths and successes of our list.

October 6 1972 – Pan Editor Caroline Lassales and Pan Publishing Director Simon Master launch Picador

1974 – Sonny Mehta arrives from Granada to take up the role of Editorial Director for Pan and Picador

1978 – Picador publishes its first Paperback Original, Michael Herr’s Dispatches

1981 – Clive James is signed up and Unreliable Memoirs goes on to become one of Picador’s top-selling paperbacks

1982 – Science writing is reinvented as Oliver Sacks’ Awakenings becomes a popular science bestseller

1984 – Graham Swift is signed up with Waterland

1985 – Picador’s second Picador Booker Prize, The Bone People by Keri Hulme

1988 – first No. 1 hardback bestseller, The Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White

1996 – Last Orders becomes Picador’s first hardback Booker Prize winner

1999 – July launch of Picador Poetry list 

2001 – third living Picador Nobel Prize, to V. S. Naipaul

2002 – The Lovely Bones is published – it wins the inaugural Richard & Judy book club and has now sold nearly 2 million copies

2004 – fifth Picador Booker Prize, The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

2005 – sixth Picador Booker Prize, The Sea by John Banville

2007 – the first Picador to reach 100 impressions, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

2010 – Emma Donoghue’s Room is shortlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes as well as uniquely appearing on both the Channel 4 and Richard & Judy book clubs