G.P. Putnam's sons led the publishing industry in 2003 with 31 New York Times hardcover bestsellers

Nearly Double the Number Achieved by Any Other Imprint and Putnam's Highest Total Ever For A Single Year

New York, New York - G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), had an unprecedented, record-breaking year in 2003, placing 31 hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles on The New York Times bestseller list - a 94 percent lead over its closest competitor.  With this accomplishment, Putnam recorded more hardcover bestsellers than any other single imprint in any single year in at least the past decade. Putnam's 31 bestsellers in 2003 reflects a 20 percent rise over the 2002 total and represents the most bestsellers the imprint has ever had in one year. Seven of the titles were #1 New York Times bestsellers - also a publishing industry best for hardcover in 2003.

Carole Baron, President of G.P. Putnam's Sons and Dutton, commented, "I am so pleased to see Putnam maintain its #1 spot in delivering bestselling authors - actually surpassing last year's count - in a year that challenged all of us in the book world."

Putnam also continues to lead the publishing industry in hardcover fiction bestsellers, with 25 in 2003, including #1 titles from some of the house's most prestigious brand-name authors: Tom Clancy's The Teeth of the Tiger, Patricia Cornwell's Blow Fly, Nora Roberts' Birthright, and John Sandford's Naked Prey .

Among other national bestselling Putnam authors who reached new personal bests in 2003 were Nevada Barr, Catherine Coulter, William Gibson, Daniel Silva, Randy Wayne White and Stuart Woods.

In 2003, Putnam published two of the industry's most talked about and highly sought after books: Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg and A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell. These two books both hit #1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction list and have shipped more than 1.5 million copies. The imprint also had three New York Times bestseller hardcover nonfiction debuts from Gary Heavin and Carol Colman (Curves), Bob Schieffer (This Just In) and Michael Durant (In the Company of Heroes ).

Among other Putnam authors who had 2003 bestselling titles were Lillian Jackson Braun, Robin Cook, Clive Cussler, W.E.B. Griffin, Jack Higgins, Jayne Ann Krentz, Steve Martini, Sara Paretsky, Robert B. Parker and Amy Tan.

In addition to their commercial successes, Putnam authors received tremendous critical acclaim in 2003.  The New York Times Notable Books of the year include Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, which The Times described as "elegant" and "entrancing," and Arthur Gelb's City Room , described as having "the power to evoke whole generations of change in the news business."

Putnam is highly focused on diversifying its list going forward.  Putnam President Carole Baron said, "We are continuing to add to our list of authors, which already includes Amy Tan, Kaye Gibbons and Kurt Vonnegut, in order to give our list more breadth and depth." New to Putnam's list in 2004 will be such critically acclaimed authors as Orange Prize-winning Helen Dunsmore, with her new novel, Mourning Ruby; PEN/Faulkner finalist Karen Joy Fowler with The Jane Austen Book Club; Stephen R. Donaldson, with the first of the final four books in his fantasy saga, "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant;" and Spanish novelist Arturo Pérez-Reverte, with his remarkable new work of fiction, The Queen of the South .

On the nonfiction side, Putnam's list this year will include The Art of the Steal by Christopher Mason -- a serious look at the Southeby's scandal; internationally-known journalist Jeffrey Kluger's new book about Jonas Salk and the discovery of the polio vaccine; The Pentagon's New Map by Thomas P. M.  Barnett, a work of political and military analysis that is being compared to Francis Fukyama's The End of History; and Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright's Generation Kill , about the new face of America's warriors.

This month, Putnam published one of the most highly anticipated fiction debuts in years: Retribution by Jilliane P. Hoffman, a former Assistant State Attorney and a Regional Legal Advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Hoffman brings chilling realism to a riveting tale featuring a female state attorney haunted by personal demons who becomes embroiled in a case involving the most terrifying predator she's ever encountered.  More than 10,000 Retribution galleys were distributed between April and December and the title has already been named an International Book of the Month Club selection, a main selection of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month Club and Doubleday Book Club. Retribution has also been sold in 14 foreign countries.

During 2004, there will also be new Putnam titles from Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Nevada Barr, Lillian Jackson Braun, Catherine Coulter, Peter J. D'Adamo, The Funny Cide Team (with Sally Jenkins), Kaye Gibbons, W.E.B. Griffin, Gary Heavin, T.D. Jakes, Jayne Ann Krentz, Robert B. Parker, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Amanda Quick, Karen Robards, J.D. Robb, Lawrence Sanders, John Sandford, Daniel Silva, Darrell Waltrip and Stuart Woods.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, The Penguin Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Further information

Marilyn Ducksworth, Penguin Group (USA), (212) 366-2564  

Steve Oppenheim, G.P. Putnam's Sons, (212) 366-2562

Dave Zimmer, Penguin Group (USA), (212) 366-2687