Recognising categories such as Crime, Wellbeing, Women Writers and Page Turners, Hearst received submissions from 44 publisher imprints, including small independents as well as the major houses.
Using a unique judging structure, says Hearst, submitted books were then read and marked by a combination of magazine editors, industry experts and Hearst’s readers - the top scoring books revealing both the Shortlist and now the winning titles.
Participating Hearst brands included: Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Prima, Red, Esquire, Men’s Health, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar.
The winning books and authors will be awarded their trophies in an event at House of Hearst on the 13th of September.
Judith Secombe, Managing Director of Hearst Brand Services said: “It’s safe to say in its first year, Hearst’s Big Book was a real success. We received a huge amount of entries and with the support of nine leading brands, their editors, readers, industry experts and a retail partnership with WH Smiths, Big Book has made a big impact. We hope to build on the success of this year’s campaign when we return next year. Congratulations to all the winners!”
The winners of Big Book in each category are:
Elle (Women Writers): Circe by Madeline Miller – Bloomsbury
Cosmopolitan (Must Reads): Clean by Juno Dawson – Hachette
Women’s Health (Wellebing): East by West by Jasmine Hemsley – Pan Macmillan
Harper’s Bazaar (Modern Classics): The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie
Barrows – Bloomsbury
Esquire (Biography): This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – Pan Macmillan
Prima (Page Turners): Grace after Henry by Eithne Shortall – Corvus (Atlantic)
Red (Children 0-6): What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson – Pan Macmillan Children's
Red (Children 7-12): Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – Hachette Children
Red (Smart Women / Non Fiction): Bored And Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi – Pan Macmillan
Good Housekeeping (Crime): Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka – Pan Macmillan
Men’s Health (Health and Lifestyle): The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner - Oneworld