Children’s books outsell adult titles

The long haulMinecraft: construction handbookYou can borrow these great titles from Leeds Libraries.

The sales figures for UK children’s books tell us that they have hit an all-time high in revenue and market share in 2014, and exceeded sales of Adult Fiction for the first time since accurate records began. Print sales came to £336.5m for the 52 weeks to 27th December 2014, a 9.1% rise year on year, and exceeding the previous high – 2009’s £329.7m.

For the first time since records began in 1998, nearly £1 in every £4 spent on print books (24%) was on a children’s title; the previous high in market share was 2013’s 21.7%.

Thirteen children’s titles sold more than £1m last year, top ones wereAwful auntie

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie – £3.3m, Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook -£2.6m & Jeff Kinney The Long Haul £2.3m

Children’s sales overtook Adult Fiction for the first time. Adult Fiction went down by 5.3% to £321.3m and it’s the fifth straight year the print fiction market has declined. Since 2010, the overall print market has declined 18.9% or £324m. In that time Adult Fiction has dropped by 29% (-154.9m) while Children’s has increased by 3.2% (+£10.7m).

Read the Specsavers National Book Awards winners

Love, Nina: despatches from family life

The miniaturistCatch up on the rest of the Specsavers National Book Award winners. Most are rated 5* by Leeds Readers

Nina Stibbe’s ‘Love, Nina’ was named Non-fiction Book of the Year. The author said she was “stunned” at the reception the book, made up of letters she wrote to her sister during her time as a nanny in the 1980s. Nick Hornby is adapting ‘Love, Nina’ for the screen, and she is currently working on a sequel to ‘Man at the Helm’ her début novel released earlier this year.

Jessie Burton was awarded the ‘Books Are My Bag’ New Writer of the Year Award for ‘The Miniaturist’. She is working on a second novel, set during the Spanish Civil War and the London art scene in the 1960s.

The shock of the fallPlenty moreNathan Filer was another debut novelist among the winners at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014 for The Shock of the Fall’ which won the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year. It crowned a year which started with the book winning the Costa Book of the Year award.

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie’ was named Children’s Book of the Year, the third consecutive year a Walliams novel won the award, and the book was also the winner of the Audible Audiobook of the Year award.

Crime Book of the Year was awarded to Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim.

Yotam Ottolenghi won the Food and Drink of the Year award for ‘Plenty More’.

Alan Johnson’s memoir Please, Mister Postman’ (the sequel to ‘This Boy’), was named the winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year.

International Author of the Year was Karen Joy Fowler for the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’.