The print run for the Booksellers Association and Nielsen Book’s 2017 Christmas Books catalogue is up 13% with over a quarter of a million copies printed overall.
The catalogue will be released on Bookshop Day on Saturday 7th October.
New this year will be a separate children’s catalogue, which will be published alongside the main catalogue, a move which “reflects the strength of the children’s market”, according to the organisers. Children’s titles by Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers, Cressida Cowell and Michael Morpurgo are among independent booksellers’ top Christmas picks.
Other authors predicted to be bestsellers by independent bookshops this Christmas, and featured in the Top 12 most highly-rated titles, are Yotam Ottolenghi, Frances Hardinge and Carol Ann Duffy. In total, 510 titles were submitted by 75 publishers, with independent bookshops across the UK taking part in the vote to select the best books for inclusion in the catalogue in 2017.
Alan Staton, head of marketing & communications at the Booksellers Association, praised the “very strong line-up” of books which he said had “something for everyone”.
Discussing his favourite titles, Staton said: “Along with the Top 12 I’m delighted to see titles such as the beautiful The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris, Oak and Ash and Thorn by Peter Fiennes, and Katherine Rundell and Emily Sutton’s enchanting One Christmas Wish included. It’s a great selection of books for independent booksellers.”
Tracey Kivland of Village Books, Dulwich, added: “At a time of year when everyone’s so busy, the catalogue offers a quick way to share great reading recommendations for Christmas. It’s the best sales tool of the year: an instant way to reach all our customers with a terrific range of recommendations for Christmas. And it certainly works: customers often phone in their orders on the day it arrives.”
The BA Conference will be taking place next week on 10th to 11th September, headlined by actor and author Brian Blessed.
The 2017 Top 12 titles are:
1. Katinka's Tale by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins)
2. Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
3. Greatest Magical Stories Compiled by Michael Morpurgo (Oxford University Press - Children’s)
4. A Poem for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri (Pan Macmillan)
5. Oi Cat! By Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field (Hachette Children's Group)
6. Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Tim Hopgood, illustrated by Richard Smith (Oxford University Press - Children's)
7. The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (Hachette Children's Group)
8. Pablo Picasso's Noel by Carol Ann Duffy (Pan Macmillan)
9. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Pan Macmillan)
10. The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories and essential recipes for midwinter by Nigel Slater (HarperCollins)
11. Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh (PRH)
12. Bletchley Park Brain Teasers by Sinclair McKay (Headline & Quercus)