This week it’s just one topic but covering three titles from Jackie Collins (4 October 1937 – 19 September 2015) that all won ‘Golden PAN Awards’ Jackie was one of the world’s top-selling novelists with more than 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries. Looking along the shelves I can’t believe I’m a couple of editions short but those online tend to be from major sellers using stock images so who knows what I might get?
- LUCKY for which Jackie Collins earned a ‘Golden PAN Award’ by selling a million copies in PAN alone. Unfortunately, she never received it during her lifetime. When PAN wanted to resurrect the awards in 2017 they were not sure they could until they found her statue to use as a model for all the ones since then. This is book 2 in the ‘Lucky Santangelo’ series.
- HOLLYWOOD WIVES sold over a million copies in PAN alone. There were several other novels in this series with ‘Hollywood in the title including HOLLYWOOD HUSBANDS (1986), HOLLYWOOD KIDS (1994), HOLLYWOOD WIVES: THE NEW GENERATION (2001), and HOLLYWOOD DIVORCES (2003). With more than 15 million copies sold worldwide HOLLYWOOD WIVES was her ninth and most successful novel,
- CHANCES for which Jackie was awarded a Golden PAN Award but I can’t find a photo of her with it. Is anyone out there able to help? This is book 1 in the ‘Lucky Santangelo’ series.
Apparently, according to this newspaper clip she was not impressed with the statue’s attributes!
On her death Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher at Pan Macmillan remembered her thus “Jackie Collins was originally published by Collins in hardback in the 1970s and 80s and Sonny Mehta, then publisher at Pan Books, acquired her for the Pan paperback imprint. She was one of the authors that helped Pan become synonymous with commercial brand author publishing. She moved to be published by Macmillan in hardcover and Pan in paperback in the late 80s or early 90s. And finally, she moved her publishing to Simon & Schuster 15 years ago, though we continued to publish her backlist until 2011. I worked with her directly for some eleven years, on her backlist. She was an extraordinary woman who oozed glamour and glitz and who epitomised what many people believe to be the dazzling, blockbuster author’s lifestyle. She was the female Harold Robbins, without the chaos. The whole enterprise was underpinned by a steely knowledge of her market and her readership and a complete openness of heart and mind to anyone. She held firm views about her book jacket artwork and her marketing, but she worked like a dog to make it all happen, and I admired her massively for that. Every meeting with her was like a scene from one of her novels! It feels like the 1980s have died . . . ”