CCV 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.
Launched in 1936, Martin Secker and Mark Warburg published ten Nobel Prize winners and its authors won the Booker Prize on four occasions. The Harvill Press was founded in 1946 and published eight Nobel Prize winners. Harvill established a reputation in the field of translated literature with the publication of the work of Boris Pasternak, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov, Anna Akhmatova and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. In October 2005 these two distinguished publishing houses combined forces under the name of Harvill Secker.
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.
Cape also publishes under the Yellow Jersey Press, the award winning, prestigious and original sports imprint whose list includes Lance Armstrong, Frank Bruno and Seve Ballesteros. The imprint was launched in 1998. Alongside Yellow Jersey, CCV launched a new imprint in 2008 called Square Peg, an eclectic and commercial nonfiction hardback and paperback list.
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, Norman Davies 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.