Did you know that Bloomsbury Publishing is celebrating 30 years in 2016? Founder Nigel Newton came from a publishing background with sales and marketing in his portfolio so he was well-rounded and well-positioned to set up a publishing house. His motto regarding publishing was and remains ‘medium size is beautiful’.
Bloomsbury makes it their business to seek out remarkable, unique, relevant authors such as Mireille Jachau (The World Without Us) and Kate Tempest (The Bricks That Built the Houses). The company has become renown for off-centre, quirky books. ‘There’s no one else like these authors at the moment’ explains the Managing Director at the Bloomsbury Sydney office.
Bloomsbury actively seeks, promotes and endorses these new authors. ‘Reading is hugely expensive in terms of money and time; it’s an investment. We’ve found that there is no need to dumb down reading or books. It’s a matter of light and shade; we all need both. Readers appreciate a substantial piece of work. We don’t tend to do crime of rural romance’ she muses.
It come as no surprise to hear that Bloomsbury’s best sellers to date include J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s works such as The Sleeper and the Spindle. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas rates highly worldwide too as does publishing sensation Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke. Quirky, off-centre and highly successful books.
The Harry Potter phenomena itself has led to the annual Harry Potter Book Night where 12,600 Harry Potter parties are hosted around the world on the same evening, the gloriously illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (look our for more of these stunning titles coming your way) and twentieth birthday celebrations of Harry Potter in 2017.
Cookbooks in the Bloomsbury stable include include The Saffron Tales by Yasmin Khan, Good Good Food by Sarah Raven and Mammissima by Elisabetta Minervini which I’m really looking forward to reading. Then there is My Lovely Book; a gorgeous journal beautifully designed and illustrated.
So, how are Bloomsbury celebrating their 30 years? ‘Bloomsbury employees all around the world have been invited to write pieces about working in the company’, the Managing Director explains. ‘We’re a diverse lot with a huge range of experiences. Selected pieces will be collated and published in a book’. What a delightful and perfect way for a publishing company to celebrate!