Penguin Classics & Penguin Modern Classics
Penguin General - adult titles & publishing imprints:
BBC Children's Books
Travel and music
Illustrated titles for adults & children
In 1967 Penguin's founder started an eponymous hardback imprint under the name of Allen Lane. This now has a dynamic, growing list and publishes accessible and quality non-fiction books of lasting value.
In January 1946, the Penguin Classics list was launched with E. V. Rieu's translation of The Odyssey. The series now consists of over 800 titles including the best in English, American, European, classical and non-western literature and an extensive range of philosophy, religion, art, history and politics titles.
Penguin Modern Classics
Penguin Modern Classics houses the most remarkable range of modern literature in the English speaking world – from the key British and American writers of the century to the greatest works of translation.
The Particular Books imprint was launched in 2009. This list is characterized by the particular, all-consuming passions of its unique authors for a whole range of subjects that fascinate many of us, such as music, numbers, French cooking, gardening, cycling, survival tactics, books, clothes and maps of remote islands.
Penguin is one of the best-known names in reference publishing with an astonishingly rich list that extends from Roget's Thesaurus and Pears Cyclopaedia to dictionaries on subjects as diverse as psychology, science, symbols and saints.
An imprint of Penguin, publishes highly commercial, popular fiction and non-fiction, principally interested in publishing Top Ten Bestsellers.
Our fiction publishing includes: crime and thrillers, contemporary women’s fiction, romance and humour; alongside boys’ adventure, fantasy and historical novels. Amongst our bestselling fiction authors are: Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Catherine Alliott, Clive Cussler, Sue Townsend Dick Francis, Nicci French, Elizabeth Noble, Lesley Pearse, Jane Fallon.
The non fiction list embraces celebrity autobiography and showbiz, including memoirs by Stephen Fry, Michael McIntyre and Ant and Dec. We also publish into sport, popular history, health and current affairs, with bestseller upon bestseller by Jeremy Clarkson.
Our cookery list boasts regular bestsellers from Jamie Oliver and we are proud to celebrate the successes of our other cookery authors too, including Elizabeth David the popular River Café series, headed by chefs Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers and cookbook Economy Gastronomy, by chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merret.
Michael Joseph is at the cutting edge of the commercial book world, publishing engaging fiction and fast and reactive non-fiction, giving our readers what they really want.
The first ten paperback Penguin books appeared in 1935 costing 6d each (the price of a packet of cigarettes). Since then the Penguin list has developed enormously, but still aims to bring the best writing to the widest possible audience. Penguin Paperbacks now range from Booker Prize-winning contemporary authors, to mass market bestsellers, with successful history, biography and general non-fiction as well.
Founded in 1931, Hamish Hamilton is one of Britain's most distinguished literary lists. Now an integral part of Penguin, it provides a home for an exciting and eclectic group of authors, united by the distinctiveness and excellence of their writing.
Publishing no more than twenty new titles a year, both fiction and non-fiction, and all points in between, Hamish Hamilton's authors include Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Jonathan Safran Foer, Kiran Desai, Dave Eggers, W.G. Sebald, Iain Sinclair, Roger Deakin, Zadie Smith, Alain de Botton, James Kelman, Hari Kunzru, David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag and John Updike.
Hamish Hamilton also publishes the (almost) monthly literary magazine Five Dials, edited by Craig Taylor and launched in 2008. Back issues are archived and downloadable/printable for free at www.fivedials.com
Its staff are: Simon Prosser, Juliette Mitchell and Anna Kelly, plus Craig Taylor on most Thursdays.
Viking publishes the widest possible range of literary fiction and non-fiction. Our fiction list includes John le Carré, Nick Hornby, Will Self, Colm Tóibín, Nicole Krauss, William Trevor, Catherine O' Flynn, Jonathan Coe, and Joshua Ferris. In non-fiction, the range covers current affairs, history, biography, memoir, narrative non-fiction, music and sport. Our authors include Antony Beevor, Andrew Rawnsley, Mark Bostridge, Sarah Bradford, Saul David, Catherine Bailey, Lynn Barber, Claire Tomalin and John Stubbs.
Fig Tree was set up in 2005 and its aim is to publish a list of well written, entertaining, and distinct books. The list is mostly fiction but also publishes history, biography, memoir, and tongue in cheek or off kilter how-to. Bestselling and award winning authors include: Marina Lewycka, Zoe Heller, India Knight, Anita Brookner, Patrick Neate, Martin Gayford, Alex Kapranos, Miranda Carter, Penelope Lively, Rachel Johnson, Kathryn Stockett and Julie Kavanagh
Penguin Audiobooks was launched in 1993, and over 300 titles are now available. Our list reflects the publishing diversity of the Penguin book range and includes contemporary and classic fiction, autobiography, crime, history, and non-fiction from authors such as Marian Keyes, Ian Fleming, Niall Ferguson, Antony Beevor, Marina Lewycka, Nick Hornby and Zadie Smith.
In Puffin Audiobooks we publish the best in contemporary and classic literature for younger listeners. Our authors include Roald Dahl, Eoin Colfer, Charlie Higson, Rick Riordan, Lynley Dodd and Lauren Child. Our narrators include Simon Callow, Martin Jarvis, Stephen Fry, Adrian Dunbar, Timothy West, Juliet Stevenson, Richard E Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Paul Whitehouse, and Will Young.
Penguin Audiobooks are available on CD and also as downloadable eAudiobooks.
September 2001 saw the launch of ePenguin, a range of ebooks that reflects the breadth and integrity of the Penguin catalogue. Packed with the best in fiction, science writing, business titles, reference books and a full selection of Penguin Classics and Rough Guides, ePenguin extends the Penguin tradition of innovative, quality publishing into the digital age.
Puffin is the UK's leading publisher of children's books and one of its best-loved brands. The publishing programme spans novelty books for the very young and picture books through to teenage fiction, and poetry and non-fiction through to film and TV tie-ins. Puffin publishes an award-winning range of bestselling authors including Janet & Allan Ahlberg, Eric Carle, Eoin Colfer, Roald Dahl, Anne Fine, Dick King-Smith and Melvin Burgess.
Frederick Warne was founded in 1865 by a bookseller turned publisher who gave his own name to the firm and is the home of our classic brands. Warne's best-known author was Beatrix Potter, creator of the world-famous Peter Rabbit Books. Since its acquisition by Penguin in 1983, Warne has focused on the development of Beatrix Potter and the acquisition of other book-based children's character properties; including Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies,in 1989 and Eric Hill's Spot in 1993. The hallmarks of the publishing program are beautifully produced editions of the original works, plus lively spin-off books ranging from baby record books and treasuries to board books and novelty titles. Today Warne manages an international programme of publishing, licensing and entertainment.
During the First World War, Wills and Hepworth a small commercial printer in Loughborough, Leicestershire, began to produce children's books under the imprint Ladybird. In 1940 the now-familiar 'pocket-sized' Ladybird book or mini-hardback was first produced for a series of animal stories. Nearly seventy years later, the original principles of Ladybird remains, to provide children with entertaining, engaging and educational books, whilst offering great value for money and the very best in innovative formats. The list today includes first books for babies, novelty books, sound books and the latest in exciting new film and television licenses. Our aim is to always put the child at the centre of everything we do, whatever their interest and stage of development, using the latest develops and findings in educational research to influence our publishing.
BBC Children's Books
Penguin formed a joint venture with BBC Worldwide in 2004 and since then BBC Children's Books has gone on to publish some of the most well known, contemporary children's brands. Supporting the most popular and best-performing BBC programmes, these include number 1 preschool children's property In the Night Garden, popular family show Top Gear and the huge cult hit Doctor Who. By publishing a range of innovative formats at unbeatable price points, BBC Children's Books have consistently remained at the top of the children's book charts.
Rough Guides are the highly acclaimed publishers of travel writing. As well as travel guides, Rough Guides produce a series of dictionary phrasebooks covering two dozen major languages, an acclaimed series of music guides, and a range of reference books on topics as diverse as the Internet, pregnancy and unexplained phenomena.
Dorling Kindersley is an international publishing company specializing in the creation of high quality, illustrated information books, interactive software, TV programmes and online resources for children and adults.