History of the Random House Imprints.
Chatto & Windus
The publishing company founded in 1855 by John Camden Hotten, which published under his name, was the precursor to the respected house of Chatto & Windus. On Hotten’s untimely death in 1874, the company was purchased from Hotten’s widow by Andrew Chatto and W. E. Windus for £25,000 and the company renamed to Chatto & Windus. The company publishes respected poetry and much literary fiction including Iris Murdoch and A.S. Byatt.
life in the dining room of Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s home in
Starting in 1998, this imprint of Random House concentrated on the area of sporting books and has achieved great success with at least seven prize-winning books already to its credit.
Secker & Warburg
the cousin of the banking Warburgs, Fredric Warburg
bought out the publishing business of Martin Secker in 1936 for £3,100 to
create Martin Secker & Warburg Limited. Fred created a select list with
strong political connotations, being the publisher of George Orwell and later
branching into the translation of leading foreign authors, notably Thomas Mann
The Harvill Press
Started in 1946 by Mrs Manya Harari and Mrs Marjorie Villiers, this company concentrated on encouraging the English translation of foreign authors culminating in the publication of Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. The Harvill Press was later owned by William Collins & Sons Ltd. before becoming independent again in 1995 and then coming into the Random House fold in March 2002.
launched in August 1991 and, amongst other reasons, was named after the
location of Random House’s offices in
founded in 1989 as the literary paperback house for
publishing under his own name,
re-emerged in March 2008 with the book “Great Hatred, Little Room : Making
Launching in October 1992, this publishing imprint run and named after well-known literary figure Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson, was subsumed in to the Random House Group in February 1997 with the purchase of the Reed Consumer Trade Division.
CHA renamed as Cornerstone Publishing on 26th September 2008.
Blond & Briggs
Briggs came from Anthony Blond Ltd. (Anthony Blond 1928 – 2008) and Desmond
Briggs based at
1982, Century became a publishing house for leading commercial fiction and
non-fiction. In 1985 the company acquired
Founded by George Hutchinson in 1887, this small publishing house was one of the first to recognise the market for cheap editions. George was knighted in recognition of his work for the book trade. His son Walter took over the business and expanded it rapidly by acquiring many smaller imprints including Dennis Archer, Andrew Melrose, Selwyn & Blount, Hammond & Hammond, Hurst & Blackett – publisher of Mein Kampf, Herbert Jenkins – publisher of P.G. Wodehouse, and Popular Dogs. The main offices were decimated in the Blitz, on 29th December 1940 and all stock and most records were lost.
Walter Hutchinson took his own life on 30th April 1950.
Another respected publishing house established in 1890 by William Heinemann who began his company with £500 and paid £300 for his first book – The Bondman by Hall Caine. Fortunately this triple-decker from Caine funded his publishing programme for many years to come. Heinemann progressed through educational publishing, foreign translations and children’s books to become a well-known publisher with the windmill colophon, designed by major artist, William Nicholson.
The Heinemann Group, up to 1995, comprised William Heinemann Ltd. (trade publishing), Heinemann Young Books (children’s publishing), Heinemann Medical and Heinemann Educational Books Limited (the educational arm). The owner by then was Reed Elsevier having variously been Octopus, Reed International Books, Reed Consumer Books and then Reed Elsevier.
In 1995, Reed
Elsevier decided to divest itself of the Consumer publishing which included
William Heinemann and Heinemann Young Books. Everything scientific, technical,
medical and educational they kept and it operated from
Heinemann Young Books were sold to Egmont as part of the Reed children’s publishing imprints along with Methuen Children’s Books, Hamlyn Children’s Books and Mammoth.
Since then Heinemann Educational has been bought by Harcourt to become Harcourt Educational Books
imprint for Hutchinson Publishing Limited, which was founded in 1953 and was
brought into the group with Century’s acquisition of
Random House Business Books
Books came into the
Co, Ltd. was founded by Algernon Methuen Marshall Steadman, a teacher and
headmaster, in 1889. He believed in books that were helpful and published
mostly non-fiction academic works in the early years branching out to encourage
female authors and later translated works.
bought itself out from Random House in 1998 and moved into their own offices on
David Fickling Books
House Children’s Books list has been culled from the past histories of the
started in 1961 as the book division of The National Magazine Company where it
published many tie-in titles with Good Housekeeping and others magazines from
the National Magazine Company’s stables. It was named after the street in
Established in the early 1990s as the paperback arm of Ebury Press, this imprint quickly became defined by its subject areas of health, fitness, personal development and parenting.
Established around 1700, Rider is one of the oldest imprints in the group still publishing. It specialises in the occult, Eastern religions and philosophy.
Barrie & Jenkins
amalgamation of companies deriving its name from Barrie & Rockliff and Herbert Jenkins. Rockliff
majored on theatre books and Herbert Jenkins on popular fiction. Barrie &
Jenkins went on to make a name for itself as a publisher for ceramics, pottery
and antiques books. It came into the Random House Group through the acquisition
C. W. Daniel
Founded in 1902. The company was named after founder Charles William Daniel. Daniel was a pacifist and vegetarian and his company propagated the ideas of natural health which is today recognised as a growth area of publishing. The company passed into the hands of Ian and Jane Miller in 1973 who sold it on to Random House in 2004 to expand the mind, body, spirit publishing of the Ebury Division.
In May 2004 a partnership deal was signed that brought the Time Out guides into the Random House fold. These guides cover all areas of the world and Random House will help grow the imprint into a major player in the travel field.
An imprint originally owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group which formed a partnership with Random House on 5th March 2007 to expand their publishing business on to a global platform. The deal included the imprint of W.H. Allen into the company.
An independent imprint financed by Random House, and set up by Trevor Dolby and Rosie de Courcy. The first book “The Cleaner” by Brett Battles, published on 6th March 2008.
Square Peg – Founded by Rosemary Davidson within Random House. The imprint published its first title on 28th August 2008 “Homework for grown-ups : Everything you learned at school... and promptly forgot” written by two Random House editors, Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates.
best-selling fiction author Danielle Steel and cosmologist Stephen Hawking,
Bantam is a
company which dabbled in publishing in
Black Swan began publishing in 1983 and presented a B Format option for paperbacks at Transworld.
Owned by Bantam Books, Corgi was originally one of the increasingly popular publishers of popular fiction during the 1980s which picked up the paperback editions of famous authors notably people like Frederick Forsyth, Catherine Cookson and, author of westerns, J.T. Edson.