Vintage Publishing focuses on publishing quality literary fiction and non-fiction and is made up of eight different imprints.
The oldest imprint is Chatto & Windus, founded in 1855. Chatto has a long and continuing tradition of publishing excellent literary fiction as well as great literary biography, memoirs, history, contemporary cultural comment, poetry and works in translation.
Harvill Secker has an illustrious history that stretches back to the foundation of Martin Secker Ltd in 1910. It publishes international literature, sophisticated crime writing and unusual non-fiction. It has been lucky enough to publish twenty Nobel Prize-winners and four Booker Prize-winners over the years. Writers on the list include George Orwell, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, J.M. Coetzee, Umberto Eco, Günter Grass, Haruki Murakami, D.H. Lawrence, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, David Lodge, Tim Parks, Anna Politkovskaya, Louis de Bernières, Per Petterson and Joseph O’Connor. Harvill Secker’s motto is ‘Quality International Writing with a Wayward Streak’.
Jonathan Cape, founded in 1921, also has a long and illustrious history, and now publishes many leading novelists and non-fiction writers. Cape also has an award-winning poetry list, the best graphic novels list in Britain and a small list of photographic books.
Yellow Jersey Press, launched in 1998, is a sports publisher with a literary edge. It is home to titles from some of sport’s greatest heroes like Frank Bruno, Diego Maradona and Seve Ballesteros, and some of sport’s greatest writers including William Fotheringham, Gary Imlach, Paul Kimmage and H.G. Bissinger. It is the publisher of four winners of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, including the 2011 winner, A Life Too Short, by Ronald Reng.
The Bodley Head was relaunched in 2008 as a list devoted to excellence in non-fiction in all fields and is made up of writers as diverse as Misha Glenny, Karen Armstrong, Roger Penrose, Ian Mortimer and Simon Schama.
Vintage in the UK was created in 1990 to publish paperback editions of the fiction and non-fiction books published by the literary hardback imprints in the Random House Group. In 2007 the list expanded to include Vintage Classics. This meant that the greatest writers from previous centuries, such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, and Henry James, were published alongside writers like Philip Roth, Ian McEwan and Martin Amis. This move was in keeping with the ambition of Vintage as a whole: to bring the best writers of yesterday, today and tomorrow to as wide a readership as possible.
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