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Atlantic awarded ‘Trade Publisher of the Year’ at the IPG Awards 2020

23rd September 2020

The team at Atlantic Books were delighted to accept the ‘Trade Publisher of the Year’ award at the Independent Publishing Awards 2020.

The prize was awarded at the annual awards ceremony organised by the IPG (Independent Publishers’ Guild), which was held virtually and streamed online last night. Here is what the IPG had to say:

Atlantic Books is a first-time winner at the Independent Publishing Awards, having continued its impressive business turnaround in 2019. Its print and ebook sales both grew sharply, thanks in part to the phenomenal success of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer, and it reinvigorated its fiction imprint.

“Atlantic is a remarkable turnaround story and you can feel the enthusiasm right across the business,” said the judges.

Will Atkinson, M.D. and Publisher of Atlantic said in his acceptance speech:

‘I am absolutely thrilled with this award. There are some great publishers on the short list, so this is a humbling moment too.

First up I would like to thank our shareholders, who have given us time. Time to find the right authors, time to get a great mix of people together, time to develop our partnerships, our writers, and our publishing.

There were a few agents in the early days who took a chance and entrusted some of their bigger writers to us, and I would like to thank them too for their imagination in doing so.

Great things have happened internationally. And in the UK Thank you to Waterstones whose support in the last three years has been key to our very significant growth. We also cherish our relationship with our colleagues in the  independent  bookselling sector, through the Independent Alliance. As publishers, we just have to stand back and applaud and admire what all booksellers are doing right now.  No less heroic have been the people involved in the physical supply chain, such as our distributors GBS.

So – this is a lovely moment for all of us at Atlantic. I think it is a special place right now, with great books and people,  so it is wonderful for that to be recognised in this way.’