Publisher Information - Little, Brown Book Group

Who We Are

Little, Brown Book Group


Three times the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, most recently in 2010 at the Bookseller Industry Awards, Little, Brown Book Group has a proven history of success, and a track record for delivering bestsellers across the full range of our publishing.

We pride ourselves on our focused publishing strategy: whether in fiction or non-fiction, we believe we should publish a limited number but a wide variety of titles and our aim is to buy the best in any category and publish it with flair and enthusiasm.

We focus on getting the most out of each book through detailed attention to every stage of the process, from editorial to design, the marketing and publicity campaigns and the retail strategy with key customers. We do this quite simply because all of us here at Little, Brown love books and love publishing and want to do our very best to achieve the right results for authors and agents, and to keep them informed of progress on a regular basis.

As well as concentrating on all aspects of front-list publishing, we nurture our authors’ backlists, frequently re-covering them and taking advantage of every opportunity for promotion.

You can find out more about our imprints by clicking on the imprint logos below. These amply demonstrate the variety of titles to be found within Little, Brown, and they include many bestsellers, prize-winners and the whole catalogue of several authors’ works whom we have been privileged to publish from the start of their careers. We take enormous pride in our efficient teamwork, and consider our authors to be a crucial part of that team.

The people who work at Little, Brown reflect the diversity of life in the UK and of the books we publish.  As well as loving the titles on our list and giving their all to their various jobs, many belong to the groups and committees that have grown up in response to demand.  We have a Diversity committee; an ethical group that looks at book production and office practice in terms of the environment; a group of volunteers who help with reading in local schools and mentor young people.  I am proud of the staff at Little, Brown, and I believe that together we have made it a great place to work and a great place for authors to have their books published.

If you are interested in joining Little, Brown, please visit the job vacancies section of this website.  When recruiting, we look for the top people in every field, from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds, and with the greatest level of talent, passion and commitment for publishing.

- Ursula Mackenzie CEO and Publisher

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Literary fiction and non-fiction

Our Imprints - Abacus

In 2013 Abacus will celebrate forty years of publishing, with the reissue of 18 of our classic books with new introductions by the authors. They include a wonderfully diverse range of books - from Douglas Coupland's Generation X to Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory and from Tom Holland's Rubicon to Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Teen and children's fiction

Our Imprints - Atom

Atom is the young adult and children's imprint of Little, Brown Book Group. Established over ten years ago, Atom is still relatively new but has rapidly established itself in the children's world as a publisher of unique voices and unforgettable storytelling. From laugh-out-loud humour to heart-stopping adventure to coming-of-age romance, Atom has always been - and always will be - focused on publishing the best in mainstream and supernatural fiction for children and teens.
Fiction and non-fiction in hardback

Our Imprints - Little, Brown

Little, Brown is a literary hardback imprint within the Little, Brown Book Group. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice. Little, Brown publishes in hardback and ebook, with paperbacks that publish under our Abacus and Sphere imprints.
Science fiction and fantasy

Our Imprints - Orbit

Orbit is the SF and Fantasy imprint of Little, Brown Book Group. Launched in 1974, Orbit has a rich publishing history that includes many of the bestselling and most acclaimed writers in the field, including Iain M. Banks, Terry Brooks, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Orson Scott Card, David Gemmell, Robert Jordan and Tad Williams. Now one of the biggest genre imprints in the UK, with a dedicated editorial, marketing and publicity team sharing a passion for speculative fiction, Orbit is committed to broadening the audience for SF and Fantasy and finding the widest possible readerships for our authors. Our innovative publishing strategies have helped introduce many of the most popular and original new voices in genre fiction, including Paolo Bacigalupi, Jim Butcher, Trudi Canavan, Gail Carriger, Charlaine Harris, Karen Miller, K.J. Parker, Ian Tregillis and Brent Weeks.
Romance, paranormal romance, crime, thriller, non-fiction and much more.

Our Imprints - Piatkus

Piatkus publishes a unique range of fiction and non-fiction. Our lifestyle list covers the areas of health, mind, body and spirit, self-help, business, personal development and all the topics that interest people in their daily lives. Piatkus is also known for our wide variety of fiction, which includes romance, historical fiction, paranormal, supernatural and horror.
Commercial fiction and non-fiction

Our Imprints - Sphere

Sphere is home to some of the world's best-loved authors and books. One of the most dynamic and successful commercial imprints in the UK, Sphere aims to publish the highest-quality popular fiction and nonfiction, including thrillers, women's fiction, general fiction, and celebrity titles. Our books regularly hit the bestseller lists, and we have powered countless authors to household-name status. If you’re a lover of popular literature, chances are good you're reading a Sphere book right now.
The best of women's fiction and non-fiction

Our Imprints - Virago

Nearly forty years after its beginnings in 1973, Virago is the outstanding international publisher of books by women. The cultural, political and economic landscape has changed dramatically in the last four decades, but Virago has remained true to its original aims: to put women centre stage; to explore the untold stories of their lives and history; to break the silence around many women's experiences; to publish breathtaking new fiction, alongside a rich list of rediscovered classics; and above all to champion women's talent.