Round up of 2020
Books, Television, Digital

As we wave goodbye to an incredibly challenging year like no other, The Soho Agency has been looking back at some of our clients highlights from 2020.

A lot of our wonderful authors received recognition for their work this year. Mike Parker’s beautiful and extraordinary memoir On the Red Hill was awarded Highly Commended by the Wainwright Prize 2020 for UK Nature Writing. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “immersive” and “captivating” Daisy Jones and the Six was awarded the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2020. The judges described the book as “captivating, clever and often very funny”. Diana Thomas was awarded Columnist of the Year at the PPA Awards 2020 for her remarkable and insightful column chronicling her transition for The Telegraph. The judges described the column as “honest, brave, thought provoking and courageous. To write about such a personal, sensitive subject with such lightness and humility leaves a lasting impact on the reader and really challenges any preconceptions they might have.”

Robert Morrison’s enthralling Regency Revolution was shortlisted for the HWA Non-fiction Crown Award 2020. The judges described Morrison’s book as “A lively, imaginative and impeccably researched tour around the Regency world, this book is thought-provoking and full of surprises.” Andrew William’s 60s Cold War spy thriller Witchfinder was also nominated for Thriller Book of the Year at Capital Crime’s Reader Awards 2020.

Our authors were also included in many of the roundups of 2020. On the children’s side both The Boy Who Loved Everyone by Jane Porter and Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic by Chris Riddell were included in Booktrust’s Great Books Guide 2020. The guide is for books they think are “absolutely brilliant, carefully chosen to engage and excite children”.  Love Reading 4 Books put together a selection of the best books of 2020 that are guaranteed to get you in the spirit of Christmas which included The Goody by Lauren Child, Pippi Longstocking goes Abroad which was illustrated by Lauren Child and Quidditch Through the Ages which was illustrated by Emily Gravett. Emily was also included in iNews Best Children’s Books 2020 for her picture book Too Much StuffToo Much Stuff was also featured in the Daily Mail’s best books of 2020, along with Pirate Stew by Chris Riddell. Chris’s A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth was included in The Guardian’s December 2020 roundup of the best new children’s books.

On the adult side, Frances Cha’s If I Had your Face was selected as one of BBC Culture’s best books of 2020 and Sophie Kinsella’s Love Your Life was featured on Glamour’s list of the best new books to read in 2020.

Some of our authors also made it into the bestseller charts this year. International bestseller Sophie Kinsella’s Love your Life stormed into the charts and was described as “fabulous escapism” by the Daily Mail. Following the success of the hardback her paperback of Christmas Shopaholic was also a bestseller. Veronica Henry’s A Wedding at the Beach Hut was a welcome sunny escape this year and was described as “poignant, touching and feel-good” by Women’s Weekly. On the back of their hugely successful series ‘Escape to the Chateau’, Dick & Angel’s A Year at the Chateau chronicled their first year making the move from a two-bed flat in East London to an abandoned castle in the heart of France. The charming memoir spent a remarkable eight weeks in the top ten. Tim Peake’s autobiography Limitless soared into the bestseller charts in 2020. Bear Grylls described Tim as “one of our nation’s good guys – and his story is a testament to his courage, kindness and a never-give-up spirit”. Dr Richard Shepherd’s Unnatural Causes had continued success in paperback in 2020 almost a year after it was first published! The book was described by The Times as “one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time.” Following on from the remarkable success of Spitfire, John Nichol’s Lancaster also entered the bestseller charts. It was described by James Holland as “compelling, thrilling and rooted in quite extraordinary human drama”. Finally, over 30 years after its first publication, Brian Masters’ Killing for Company re-entered the top charts this year. The book was repackaged with a new cover following the incredible success of the ITV drama ‘Des’, based on Brian’s classic, that was ITV’s biggest drama launch in 14 years with 10 million viewers tuning in.

There were so many other fantastic releases over the year from all of our authors during a very difficult climate for publishing, and we are so proud of every one of them!

Our wonderful TV and Digital clients were also busy in 2020. Sarah Beeny’s brand new hit show launched this year on Channel 4 and provided us all with some feel-good escapism for 2020. ‘Sarah Beeny’s New Life in The Country’ followed the property guru and her family as they quit their lives in London for a new start in rural Somerset. Dick & Angel were back in 2020 with a new series of the much loved ‘Escape to Chateau’ which included a very special Christmas day episode. Filmed at the Mosley’s family home during the 1st lockdown, with social distancing rules in place, the first episode of ‘Lose a Stone in 21 Days’ with Michael Mosley and Clare Bailey, peaked at 2.5 million viewers.

The brilliant Colin Furze surpassed an astonishing 10 million YouTube subscribers and was awarded The Diamond Play Button from our friends at YouTube. He also created a fully functional homemade Screw Tank – to name just one of the many projects he embarked on this year.

We are so proud of all the incredible hard work and remarkable achievements of our clients in 2020, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2021!

Very best wishes,

The Soho Agency x