Independent Publisher of the Year
Winner: Independent Publisher of the Year
Faber & Faber
Faber & Faber scoops this award for the second time in a row after a year that delivered commercial and critical success in equal measure.
It claimed the best financial 12 months in its history, with a 14% jump in sales enough to make it the UK’s 12th biggest publisher in the TCM—a remarkable turnaround for a publisher that just a few years ago was in the doldrums. It had three books in the year-end TCM top 50: two from Sally Rooney including this year’s British Book Awards Book of the Year Normal People, and Anna Burns’ Milkman, which ended Faber’s year with a bang by picking up the Man Booker Prize. There were many more prize-winning books besides, with the T S Eliot and Forward prizes making it a fine year for poetry in particular.
Judges also admired the diversity of Faber’s publishing, the smart use of its brand in public-facing ventures such as Faber Academy and Faber Members, and its backing of many other indie publishers through its Independent Alliance. “Even without the Man Booker this would have been an amazing year for Faber, but that was the icing on the cake. It’s distinctive and diverse and quick on its feet... it’s everything an independent publisher should be.”
Highly commended in this category is ELLIOTT & THOMPSON, which punched way above its weight to push TCM sales up by a third on just 14 well-chosen frontlist titles. Its full-time team of just four people built on the success of Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography with more hits from authors including Julia Boyd and Tony Kent, and achieved two Waterstones Book of the Month slots. “They made an amazing splash with just a few people and a few books: this is what great independent publishing looks like,” said the judges.
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