A year in review: pictures of 2016

A year in review: pictures of 2016

From awards to birthday parties, here are the pictures that sum up the year in publishing.

Sarah Howe became the first poet to win the T S Eliot Prize with a debut collection at a ceremony at the V&A Museum in London on Monday 11th January. Picture: Adrian Pope/PBS

Author Philip Ardagh, Nosy Crow m.d. Kate Wilson and illustrator Axel Scheffler raise a glass at Nosy Crow's fifth birthday party at Lumiere in London on Wednesday 3rd February.

Library campaigners outside Parliament for the Speak Up for Libraries lobby on 9th February. Picture: Rolf Marriott

The Quarto Group celebrated 40 years of publishing on Friday 12th February. Pictured is publisher Jacqui Small cutting into a celebratory cake.

Actress and UN ambassador Emma Watson interviewed political activisit Gloria Steinem about her autobiography My Life on the Road (Oneworld), which was Watson's first pick for her new feminist book club, at London's Emmanuel Centre on Wednesday 24th February.

Outgoing Quick Reads' project director Cathy Rentzenbrink with Jeffrey Archer at a party to celebrate 10 years of the Quick Reads initiative, held at the House of Commons on Monday 7th March.

(From left) Author Jessie Burton with her agent Juliet Mushens and her editor Francesca Main at the Picador Showcase at Library in London on Tuesday 8th March.

J K Rowling surprised members of Orkney Library’s book club when she stopped by to take part in a discussion about her crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (Sphere) on Saturday 5th March.

Writer Will Self joined over 500 campaigners on Saturday 5th March to protest against library closures in Lambeth. Picture: Vivienne Lewis

The judges for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 (from left) Tessa Hadley, Sathnam Sanghera, Joan Bakewell (chair), Damian Barr and Frances Balkwill announced this year's shortlist on Monday 14th March.

World Book Night held an event at The British Library in association with The Reading Agency on Saturday 23rd April, with panellists (from left) Matt Haig, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Holly Bourne, Dreda Say Mitchell, SJ Parris and Sathnam Sanghera.

Author Marlon James cuts the birthday cake at Oneworld's 30th anniversary party at Union Private Members Club, Greek Street, London on Wednesday 25th May, while Oneworld's Juliet Mabey looks on.

Lisa McInerney won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction on Tuesday 7th June at the Royal Festival Hall in London for her debut, The Glorious Heresies (John Murray Press)

The joint winners of this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, Paul Murray and Hannah Rothschild, were presented with pigs named after their winning novels at the Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre in Herefordshire on Saturday 4th June.

Sceptre publishing director Carole Welch celebrated the imprint's 30th birthday with authors including Thomas Keneally at a face-painting party held on the rooftop of Hachette's Carmelite House offices in London on Monday 6th June.

Ross Collins, Sarah Crossan and Chris Riddell picked up awards at the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 ceremony held on Monday 20th June at the British Library in London.

CBBC presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes (left) hosted the first Laugh Out Loud Book Awards ceremony at The Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, London on Tuesday 21st June. They are pictured with winning authors and illustrators David Baddiel, Paul Linnet, Sue Hendra, Jem Packer, Duncan McCoshan, head judge Michael Rosen and Hendra’s daughter (front).

On Wednesday 22nd June, Lisa McInerney (second left) was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 in an award ceremony held in the Drawing Room of Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London. She is joined by the prize's judges, Katy Guest, Sam Baker and Iain Pears.

Bonnier held its summer party on Saturday 2nd July in the grounds of group c.e.o Richard Johnson’s house in Chichester.

HarperCollins held its summer party at the V&A museum on Wednesday 6th July. Attendees included Harlequin editor Clio Cornish, TV presenter June Sarpong and HarperCollins UK c.e.o Charlie Redmayne.

Headline celebrated its 30th anniversary with a party at the German Gymnasium in King’s Cross, London on Monday 4th July.  Picture: Adrian Pope.

Faber c.e.o Stephen Page and author Louise Doughty celebrated at the publisher's summer party, held in Montague Street Garden, London on Thursday 7th July.


Author Horatio Clare (right) and his editor Penny Thomas (left) were presented with this year's Branford Boase Award for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (Firefly Press) in a London ceremony on Thursday 7th July. They are pictured with 2015 Branford Boase winner Rosie Rowell and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

The Bookseller celebrated its Rising Stars Class of 2016 with a party in the National Portrait Gallery's bookshop on Thursday 7th July. See more pictures from the event in our gallery here.

Peter James was given the Tess Gerritsen Award for Best Series for his Roy Grace books at the second annual Dead Good Reader Awards 2016, held at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. The festival ran from 21st to the 24th July.

Foyles Charing Cross celebrated the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with a midnight launch party on Saturday 30th July, where master of ceremonies Mark Campbell hosted a Harry Potter quiz.

Zadie Smith read from her upcoming novel Swing Time at a preview event held at the Prince Albert pub in Camden on Thursday 4th August.

On Thursday 1st September, author Val McDermid (centre) celebrated her 30th novel Out of Bounds (Little, Brown) at a party on the roof terrace of Hachette’s Carmelite House alongside guests including her partner Jo Sharp (left) and J K Rowling.

The annual Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Football Match, on Saturday 10th September, saw the English team beat the Scottish team, captained by Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin respectively, 7-1.

 Brian Cox OBE (left) and Bill Bryson presented Andrea Wulf with the £25,000 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize on 19th September.

Laurence King gave a speech a party for Laurence King Publishing's 25th anniversary, held at the V&A Museum in London on Tueday 20th September.

Penguin Random House threw a party to celebrate 21 years since Marian Keyes' first novel was published on the rooftop of the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London on Thursday 22nd September. Guests included Lorraine Kelly (right), pictured with Keyes.

Bloomsbury held a party to celebrate its 30th birthday on Thursday 29th September in Bedford Square Gardens, London, with guests including agent Sophie Hicks, Bloomsbury finance director Colin Adams, Bloomsbury c.e.o. Nigel Newton and Kate Beal of Oneworld.

Foyles opened its new store in Chelmsford, Essex with fanfare on Thursday 29th September. For more pictures of the bookshop, click here.

Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction on 26th October at a ceremony in London, for his novel The Sellout (Oneworld).

Literary agent Ed Victor (second right) celebrated 40 years in the book trade at a party held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hyde Park on Thursday 10th November with guests including (from left) US publisher Steve Rubin, journalist and TV presenter Andrew Marr and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

Mike McCormack won the Goldsmiths Prize 2016 at a ceremony at Foyles on Charing Cross Road on Wednesday 9th November.

Klaus Flügge, president and founder of Andersen Press, celebrated the publishers' 40th birthday with a  party at Brunswick House in Vauxhall, south London on Friday 11th November, where the cake featured a figure of himself and book characters including Elmer the Elephant.

Philippe Sands announced that he was donating his winnings from the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016 to charity, after receiving the award at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on Tuesday 15th November.

Little, Brown chairman Ursula Mackenzie celebrated her 35-year publishing career with friends and colleagues at Belvedere Restaurant in Holland Park, London on Thursday 17th November. See more photos from the party here.

The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla (third left), won the inaugural Books Are My Bag Readers Choice award on 24th November. Shukla is pictured with some of the contributors to the collection. Picture: @nikeshshukla