Pan Macmillan wins Publisher of the Year at The British Book Awards

09 May 2017

We're proud to have been named Publisher of the Year at The British Book Awards 2017, presented by The Bookseller. This is the second time we have won this award in the last three years!

The judges said:

“Pan Macmillan was incredibly strong in nearly every area it published into in 2016. There’s a palpable sense of enthusiasm and energy about it…this is a company that just keeps building and building and building.”

Anthony Forbes Watson, Pan Macmillan's Managing Director, who received the award, said:

“I am very grateful that you have made 232 people at London N1 very happy and that's the best thing about this.

I'd like to thank all of our authors and illustrators for their individual brilliance, and as publishers we wear our coat of many colours with great pride. I'd like to thank booksellers, and specifically physical booksellers for redefining their roles in our integrated world and being at the root of the confidence with which we all publish our books. We salute you.

I'd particularly like to thank the wonderful team of people who I work with. It’s been a long 40 year road for me in publishing and I have never worked with a more scintillatingly talented creative group of people with undimmed positive belief in the future of the book and what authors can deliver.  
Lastly I'd like to thank our incredibly competitive, really smart, talented industry. Where else would I get my motivation from? We're very grateful to everybody in the industry, thank you for everything you have done for everyone at Pan Macmillan.”

Also at The British Book Awards, What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell won the Debut Book of the Year. Editor Kris Doyle who accepted the award on Garth's behalf said:

“I’m thrilled for Garth and his beautiful book, but I’m especially delighted because this award celebrates the whole publishing endeavour: the complete journey from the writer to the reader. It recognizes a first-rate collaboration and I hope all the people involved feel rewarded for their hard work. It also feels a fitting manifestation of something Garth’s said before: ‘The whole narrative of queer art is taking stigma and turning it into style’.”

Joe Wicks' Lean in 15: The Sustain Plan, won the Marketing Strategy of the Year – "a campaign that got absolutely everywhere" and was "full of great ideas and imaginative use of Joe Wicks' fanbase".