Pictures of the year

Pictures of the year

Foyles paid homage to Michael Wolff’s controversial Trump exposé Fire and Fury (Little, Brown), which dominated the charts at the beginning of the year.

 

Helen Dunmore’s "life affirming" tenth and final collection Inside the Wave (Bloodaxe Books) took the top honour at the 2018 Costa Book Awards this February. The prize was collected by Dunmore’s family; L-R son Patrick, daughter Tess and husband Frank Charnley.

 

Schoolgirls Maya, Cara and Lola—dressed as Boudicca, Audrey Hepburn and Nefertiti—joined runner Lowri Morgan to mark the launch of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 (Timbuktu).

 

John Cooper Clarke was among the guests to speak at Picador's 2018 showcase; the publisher scooped his memoir and poetry collection in a hotly-contested auction earlier in the year.

 

St Francis RC Primary School in Peckham, London won the World Book Day Award in March, receiving £5,000 worth of books and a visit from judges L-R Chris Hoy, Joanna Nadin and Clare Elsom. (©Helen Maybanks)

 

The London Review Bookshop celebrated its 15th birthday, turning a profit in 2018 for the first time since opening.

 

Axel Scheffler gave a rousing speech about Brexit at the British Book Awards in May, after collecting the award for Illustrator of the Year.

 

The programme for 2018's Bloody Scotland festival was revealed at a launch in Stirling; a number of crime writers were in attendence.

 

Children’s illustrator Judith Kerr celebrated her 95th birthday with a cocktail party at the Savoy Hotel in London.

 

Vintage staff—dressed as handmaids—walked among the 250,000 people protesting Donald Trump during his UK visit this summer. (©Chris Bentham)

 

Chidera Eggerue, known online as The Slumflower, celebrated the launch of What A Time To Be Alone (Hardie Grant). (©Rob Jones)

 

In August, 10,000 people descended on the Cornish estate for this year’s Port Eliot Festival. (©Sarah Louise Bennett)

 

Chair of judges Kwame Anthony Appiah congratulated Anna Burns after her novel Milkman (Faber) won the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

 

Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt celebrated the launch of My Mum Tracy Beaker (PRH Children’s); the curly-haired heroine first made her debut 27 years ago.

 

Writer Scarlett Curtis right and PRH Children's celebrated the launch of feminist anthology Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies), featuring essays by a number of high profile names including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Keira Knightley. (©Scott Garfitt/PinPep)

 

Bookshops up and down the country celebrated Bookshop Day this October; a specially designed Books Are My Bag tote was created for the event.

 

Rapper Akala left joined Stormzy at the launch of his PRH imprint #Merky Books. (©Blaow)

 

FutureBook Person of the Year Sharmaine Lovegrove urged the industry to ensure inclusivity in the workplace is "the norm, and not just a trend" in her keynote speech at this year’s FutureBook Live conference.

 

Michelle Obama spoke to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to promote her memoir Becoming (PRH); tickets to the event sold out in minutes.