'Great stories, wonderfully told'
Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into Abacus paperback. 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.
Soon after the company’s establishment we were enormously privileged to publish a book that exemplifies these qualities - Iain Banks' The Crow Road - and we are proud that all of Iain’s fiction is now published by Little, Brown/Abacus (with his SF in Orbit). Scotland has in fact proved to be fertile territory for the list as it has also produced both Christopher Brookmyre (described by one critic as ‘Tartan noir’) and Alexander McCall Smith (who has been called ‘Tartan blanc’). All three writers are Top Ten Bestsellers.
In 2004 Alexander McCall Smith won a hat-trick of prizes – the Booksellers Association Award, Waterstone’s Author of the Year Award and Publishing News Author of the Year Award. We have now sold over nine million copies of his books, including the No. 1 bestsellers The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party and The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection.
Little, Brown/Abacus also have a distinguished list of American writers, including great names such as Gore Vidal, E. L. Doctorow, and David Foster Wallace, and brilliant satirists like David Sedaris and Candace Bushnell. In 2013 Little, Brown published Donna Tartt's bestselling The Goldfinch. The roll-call of international writers includes talents as diverse as Anita Shreve (whose books we have published throughout her career) and Gregory David Roberts, the author of the huge cult bestseller, Shantaram. Booker-shortlisted novelist A. D Miller is a wonderful new arrival, alongside exciting new voices Kevin Maher and Sara Novic.
Our non-fiction is extremely strong, as exemplified by the single biggest-selling biography of recent years, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs. Historians Tom Holland and Juliet Barker complement Abacus’s publishing of Eric Hobsbawm, Thomas Pakenham and their backlists. We’ve had considerable success with our military history including two Sunday Times Number 1 bestsellers: Mark Urban’s Task Force Black and Alistair Urquhart’s memoir The Forgotten Highlander. When you add in talents as diverse as Tim Harford, Professor Steve Jones, Will Hutton, and Evan Davis, we believe we have something wonderful for everybody.