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In 1967 Penguin’s founder started a hardback imprint under his own name, Allen Lane.

Allen Lane is now one of the leading publishers in the UK of bestselling serious non-fiction, covering a range of subjects including history, science, politics, economics, philosophy, psychology, language and current affairs.After initial publication in hardback, Allen Lane books appear as Penguin Press orange spine Paperbacks.

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Alma Books was set up in October 2005 by Alessandro Gallenzi and Elisabetta Minervini, the founders of Hesperus Press.

Publishing from twenty to twenty-five titles a year, mainly in the field of contemporary literary fiction, Alma takes around half of its titles from English-language originals, while the rest are translations from other languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese. Alma also publishes two or three non-fiction titles each year. In 2013 Alma won Independent Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards.

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It was the realisation that many exceptional foreign authors had not yet been published in English which led translator Stefan Tobler to found And other stories in 2010.

With support from the Arts Council and other private members, the publishing house strives to publish artful literature in translation. The choice of works to be translated is, in part, strongly influenced by members who can suggest their favourites at Book Clubs organised by the publisher. Juan Pablo Villalobos, Iosi Havilio, Deborah Levy and Clemens Meyer are amongst the authors having been published so far.

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Andersen Press, based in London, was founded in 1976. Named after Hans Christian Andersen it specialises in literature for children and young adults.

Its programme for children includes well known characters such as Elmer the patchwork elephant by David McKee or the Little Princess by Tony Ross. The catalogue for young adults includes fiction by Hazel Townson, Henning Mankell and Beate Teresa Hanika.

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Angel Classics is an imprint of Angel Books and was founded in London in 1982. Antony Wood, publisher, editor and translator of Russian and German works, devotes this publishing house exclusively to translations of literary fiction and poetry.

The main focal point has become the classical works of European authors who have often been neglected by larger publishing houses, with the result that they have been largely unknown to the English-speaking public. In future it’s planned to expand the list to include works by non-European writers. Due to the large amount of care and attention required to translate and produce each title, the books are published in correspondingly small quantities. The guiding principle of the publishing house is quality before quantity. Translations published by Angel Classics include works by authors such as Heinrich Heine, Adalbert Stifter and Fjodor Dostojewski. Recent publications include translations of titles by the north German author Theodor Fontane (On Tangled Paths and No Way Back).

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Arcade was launched in 1988 and has published about 500 works by 300 authors from 34 different countries including literary giants such as Samuel Beckett, E. M. Cioran and Leo Tolstoy, but also new voices like Andreï Makine and Ismail Kadare. In 2012 the Chinese novelist Mo Yan, one of the authors Arcade publishes, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Since 2010 Arcade has been an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.

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Ashgate is an academic book and journal publisher based in Surrey and was founden in 1967. Over the past 40 years, Ashgate has grown to become one of the world’s leading publishing houses. All books published within the Ashgate list are subject to peer review by recognized authorities in the field.

Ashgate publishes over 700 titles a year in Humanities and Social Science subject areas, has well-established reprint Reference series, and is the publisher of the highly regarded Variorum series. Over 75 per cent of titles are published simultaneously in print and e-book editions.

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Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house. It was founded by Toby Mundy 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. It won 'Imprint and Editor of the Year' at the British Books Awards in 2005 and 2009, and was 'Independent Publisher of the Year' in 2009.

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Atlas Press is a relatively small London based publishing house which was founded in 1983. In spite or rather thanks to its size the publishing house is able to concentrate on its topics of choice: These include Surrealism, Dadaism, `Pataphysics, Expressionism and avant-garde works from 1890 to today.

By specialising in these themes the publisher caters for a niche audience which is often overlooked by bigger publishers. Since its foundation, it has published over 100 titles in various series that are available in select book stores and are gradually being offered for direct purchase via the internet.

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Bitter Lemon Press is an independent publisher specialising in crime fiction. Founded in London in 2003, this enterprise quickly made a name for itself amongst afficionados by offering a diverse selection of crime fiction.

In addition to English language writers, Bitter Lemon Press publishes a wide variety of translated works, in particular from Europe and Latin America. For many of the prizewinning authors these translations have been the first to appear on the English language book market. These authors include Jörg Fauser (Germany), Alice Ferney (France) and Zygmunt Miloszewski (Poland).

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Blank Slate is the leading publisher for comics and graphic novels in the UK and also publishes translated work from all over Europe. Among the publications are artists like Oliver East, Peggy Adam, Randall C. or Mawil, one of the most famous comic artists in Germany. The translation of Love looks away by Line Hoven has recently been published.

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Bloomsbury Publishing was founded in 1986 by Nigel Newton on the principle of publishing books of the highest quality and bringing quality to the mass market.

The company is an independent, worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction with its headquarters in the London Borough of Camden, and publishing offices in London, New York, Sydney, and Delhi. Its four divisions include Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing. One of the publisher’s greatest successes was the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

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Brill is a long-standing, internationally active scientific publisher from the Netherlands with a branch in Boston, Massachusetts. It publishes around 100 academic magazines and 500 new titles a year.

Its main focus lies on the following topics: History of the Middle East and Egypt, Asian and Islamic studies, medieval and early modern history, religious science, classical antiquity, social science, art history, natural science and biology, human rights and common rights of humanity as well as international law.

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Cambridge University Press claims to have been established in the year 1584, thus making it the oldest publishing house in the world.

Due to its close connection to the university it originally specialised in the fields of science and religion - two subjects in which it has made a respectable name for itself over the last centuries. During the last decades, the range on offer has been consistently broadened in response to permanently increasing demand especially in the field of scientific literature. It has also expanded logistically with over 50 offices worldwide.

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Chicken House Publishing Ltd was founded in 2000 on the initiative of Barry Cunningham, the “discoverer” of Harry Potter, and his colleague Rachel Hickmann.

It specialises in literature for children and young adults and strives to promote emerging authors and illustrators. The publishing house rose to international fame by publishing works from German children´s book author Cornelia Funke. In 2005 Chicken House became part of the Scholastic publishing group.

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Clerkenwell Press is an imprint of the publisher Profile Books. Profile was founded in 1996 to publish stimulating non-fiction in a wide range of fields, including history and current affairs, business and economics, science and biography, with a sprinkling of humour.

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Professor Pádraig Ó Snodaigh founded the Irish book publishing company Coiscéim 30 years ago in 1980. To date Coiscéim have published over 1,000 books in the Irish language. There are novels, poetry books, history books, drama, translated works from German, French, Chinese, English, Italian, Urdu and many other language.

Other book titles include folklore, Books for children, teenagers, adults and love stories. Coiscéim is based in Irelands capital city - Baile Átha Cliath (Dublin)."Coiscéim does an extraordinary service in publishing these trilingual collections of the work of European poets". (Books Ireland, April 2012)

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Comma Press is a non-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new fiction and poetry, with emphasis on short stories -  it is currently the most prolific publisher of short story hardbacks in Great Britain.

Founded in 2002, Comma began by building on Ra Page's Manchester Stories series, published in conjunction with City Life magazine, with a series of short story booklets set in four cities across the North of England. This project has now developed into a series of book-length anthologies, starting with The Book of Leeds and The Book of Liverpool. In 2007 Comma launched a new translation imprint (again specialising in short stories) to introduce new masters of the form to British readers.

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Bloomsbury Continuum is a distinctive non-fiction imprint tucked in happily under the Bloomsbury publishing umbrella. The publisher is benefiting from the enormous sales and marketing strengths of this large publishing house.

The imprint publishes adult non-fiction, covering areas such as history, politics, philosophy, religion, travel and biography. The aim is to publish serious books for the widest audience possible.

Several titles of authors such as Roger Scruton, Jonathan Sacks, Frank Furedi, Christopher Booker, Rowan Williams, Mark Bostridge, Desmond Tutu and Timothy Radcliffe were published by Continuum.

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Corsair is the fiction imprint of Constable & Robinson, an independent publisher founded in 1795 which publishes a varied list of fiction and non-fiction titles as hardbacks, paperbacks and ebooks.

The non-fiction list includes current affairs, history and biography, psychology, self-help and illustrated titles while the fiction includes literary novels and a growing selection of genre fiction from Corsair and Canvas, with a smaller collection of young adult fiction from Much-in-Little.

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Dalkey Archive Press was founded in 1984 in Chicago and today has offices in Illinois, Dublin and London. Starting out as a literary magazine, founded by Irish writer John O’Brian and committed to cover the writers who were being excluded in literary criticism.

Dalkey Press Archive had the aim of reprinting a few books that were perfect examples of the kind of fiction that the Review was championing. Among the first few books were Gilbert Sorrentino’s Splendide-Hôtel, Nicholas Mosley’s Impossible Object, and Douglas Woolf’s Wall to Wall.

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Dedalus Press was founded in 1985 and publishes the best in contemporary poetry from Ireland and poetry in translation from around the world. Currently run by poet/editor Pat Boran, it has been called "one of the most outward-looking poetry presses in Ireland and the UK" by UNESCO.org.

And recent publications include work translated from the German, Greek, and Spanish, as well as a volume of poems by first and second generation immigrant poets now living in Ireland. Dedalus organises regular poetry readings and book launches in Dublin, publishes about 10 titles a year and is distributed in the US and UK and well as in Ireland.

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Over the course of several decades, Drawn & Quarterly has grown from a single-issue magazine to an internationally renowned publisher of the world's best cartoonists. D+Q has published many North American luminaries of the medium including Adrian Tomine, Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, and Seth, as well as international authors including Tove Jansson (Finland); Guy Delisle (France); Tom Gauld (UK); Astrid Lindgren (Sweden); Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Japan); Rutu Modan (Israel); Shigeru Mizuki (Japan); and many more cartoonists from across the globe.

The company's dedication to high production values, editorial integrity, and artistic autonomy has led to it being described by Time as “the most elegant comics publisher in North America.” The company operates a storefront, Librairie D+Q, in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal, the very same neighbourhood where the company was founded in 1989 by Chris Oliveros.Drawn & Quarterly books are distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the United States, Raincoast Books in Canada, Publishers Group UK in the United Kingdom, and internationally by Macmillan.

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