newbooks magazine has the opportunity to select from the best in contemporary publishing and enjoys strong relationships with many publishers. For more information about individual publishers see below. This list is not comprehensive, but demonstrates the great variety of publishing in the UK today.

Allison & Busby - Small publisher of BIG books. British publishing house, set up by Clive Allison and Margaret Busby in 1967. The company has built up a reputation as a leading independent publisher.

Alma Books was set up in October 2005 by Alessandro Gallenzi and Elisabetta Minervini, the founders of Hesperus Press. Publishing from fifteen to twenty titles a year, mainly in the field of contemporary literary fiction.

Atlantic Books is the British subsidiary of the American independent publishing house Grove Atlantic. It was founded in February 2000 and published its first book in May 2001. It has since developed a list that has a world-wide reputation for quality, originality and breadth, and includes fiction, history, politics, memoir and current affairs.

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publisher and winner of the 1999 and 2000 Publisher of the Year awards.

Canongate Books was founded in 1973. Canongate Books has emerged as one of the most dynamic publishing houses in Britain. With a distinctly international outlook, Canongate Books continues to nurture and publish new talent from around the world, whilst retaining the essence of the Scottish Canon.

Constable & Robinson is one of the leading independent book publishers in the UK, publishing fiction and non-fiction, everything from history to health, reference to photography, crime fiction to current affairs, anthologies, humour, puzzles and more. Paperback imprint Corsair was launched in April 2010

Faber and Faber, often abbreviated to Faber, is an independent publishing house in the UK, notable in particular for publishing a great deal of poetry and for its former editor T. S. Eliot. Faber has a rich tradition of publishing a wide range of fiction, non fiction, drama, film and music books, as well as books for children.

Gallic Books is a new publishing house dedicated to bringing contemporary French authors to the UK market.

John Murray was founded in 1768 and since then has innovated and fostered genius, and at all times been unashamedly populist. The publishers' current publishing represents quality and populism: exciting fiction, absorbing memoirs, authoritative history and provocative current affairs

Pan Macmillan is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK. Pan Macmillan is part of the Macmillan group, which operates in over 70 countries worldwide. Imprints include Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Tor, Macmillan Children's Books, Young Picador and Campbell Books.

Penguin Books is a publisher founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane. Penguin Books is now the flagship imprint of the worldwide Penguin Group and is owned by Pearson PLC.

Persephone Books reprints neglected classics by C20th (mostly women) writers.

Polygon publishes literary fiction and poetry, both classic and modern, from award-winning writers such as James Kelman, Agnes Owens, and the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith.

Portobello Books Ltd was founded in 2005, and publishes books with a purpose: encouraging voices, supporting writers, challenging readers.

Quercus Publishing was established by Mark Smith and Wayne Davies in May 2004. Quercus was the fastest-growing trade publisher in the UK in 2009 with sales rising 133%, making them the 18th largest publisher with a market share of 0.7%. 

Random House is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher. It has been owned since 1998 by the large German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing.

Serpent’s Tail is a renowned British independent book publisher of international fiction and non-fiction, owned by Profile Books Ltd.

Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a publisher founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster. It is one of the four largest English-language publishers. It publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints.

Tindal Street Press is an independent publisher of regional literary fiction with a national reputation for excellence and a prize-listing record that is the envy of many established imprints.

Transworld was established in 1950 and since 1981 has been owned by Bertelsmann, becoming part of The Random House Group in 1998 when Bertelsmann acquired Random House.


Publishing fewer than 250 new titles across its lists in hardback and paperback each year, Transworld regularly has more titles on the Sunday Times bestsellers lists than any other publishing house.