Though Penguin is famous for the classics of literature and
for contemporary fiction, it is also home to some of the
most critically acclaimed - and commercially successful -
non-fiction. Three history titles stood out in 2002. Antony
Beevor's Berlin, with its story of the human misery of the
defining battle of the Second World War, topped the
bestseller charts and won rich critical acclaim. Claire
Tomalin's funny and irreverent biography Samuel Pepys, The
Unequalled Self, which revealed the personal side of Pepys,
won the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year prize. In the
US, Penguin editors approached Dennis Smith, a retired NY
fireman and writer, to tell the story of his colleagues who
ran into the World Trade Center on September 11, when others
were running out. His book, Report from Ground Zero, stayed
on the bestsellers list for many weeks. These books will
inform and inspire for a long time to come.
A publishing revolution:
For many years, Dorling Kindersley's unique style of
illustrated reference books has brought learning to life.
Acquired by Pearson in 2000, DK has been working hard to
turn around its commercial performance and unlock its
creative magic. Those efforts paid off in 2002, as DK
returned to profit and to its publishing best with a new
generation of beautiful books including Bill Wyman's Rolling
with the Stones and Judith Miller's Antiques Guide.
DK's progress is set to continue in 2003 as it strengthens its
partnerships with world-renowned institutions including The
Smithsonian and The Royal Horticultural Society and prepares
to publish new titles from leading experts such as Peter
Ackroyd in history, Monty Don in gardening and Tom Peters in
The Financial Times stole the show at the World Leadership
Forum's Business Journalist of the Year Awards:
Decade of Excellence Award: Martin Wolf.
Business Journalist of the Year Award: Richard Tomkins.
Management and Business Education Award: John-Paul Flintoff.
Service Industry Award: Juliette Jowitt.