Literary fiction and non-fiction
Abacus is the paperback imprint for Little, Brown books. It is, at its heart, a literary list, but also one of the most commercially successful imprints in publishing. It has an impressive roster of award-winning, bestselling authors, including Donna Tartt; Celeste Ng; Iain Banks; Jane Harper; Alexander McCall Smith; Beryl Bainbridge; Gregory David Roberts; Anita Shreve; and the Booker shortlisted Jane Gardam, Simon Mawer and Chigozie Obioma. Many of these authors are Sunday Times bestsellers, and in many cases, we have published them right from the start of their careers. For example, this year sees the 20thanniversary of the publication of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series of which we have now sold 12 million copies around the world.
Little,Brown/Abacus also has a hugely successful non-fiction list, with authors including Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom; Tom Holland; ‘Undercover Economist’ Tim Harford; David Sedaris; Eric Hobsbawm; Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs; and the publishing sensation that is Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.
In short, it is an imprint that has a reputation both for excellence and for major bestsellers. It is also a list dedicated to supporting long-term careers.