HarperCollins Announces New Fiction Imprint:
The Borough Press
FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR, October 9, 2013–?HarperFiction is thrilled to announce new imprint?THE BOROUGH PRESS, an energetic and modern list with a simple but ambitious mission: to publish exciting and intelligent fiction with a broad appeal, bringing stand-out writing to a wide readership.
Heralding HarperCollins?Publishers?imminent move to Southwark,?THE BOROUGH PRESS?was named by publishing director Katie Espiner to reflect both the spirit of the imprint and its new location – proud of a rich and varied past, whilst concerned with a thriving present and a bright future.
Katie Espiner said:?“Although publishing stands on shifting sands at the moment, one thing that remains constant is readers’ desire for excellent storytelling. Our aim at The Borough Press is to bring the best writing to the widest possible audience, and in doing so create an identity around our authors which will come to represent a hallmark of quality for readers. I am extremely proud to be launching The Borough Press in 2014 with some absolutely stellar titles from a rich mix of bestselling authors, debut novels and rising stars.”
Launching in January 2014,?THE BOROUGH PRESS?will publish some of HarperFiction’s biggest names including?Lionel Shriver?and?Tracy Chevalier. The imprint will also become the new home of?The Austen Project?– a major series in which six contemporary authors reimagine the six complete novels of Jane Austen – whose authors include?Joanna Trollope,?Val McDermid,?Alexander McCall Smith?and?Curtis Sittenfeld.
“A class imprint, with a class editor at the top – a woman who’s smart, savvy, with good taste and the kind of dry, evil sense of humour that should be a requirement in publishing today. ?How could an author ask for more? ?Delighted to be on board,” said Lionel Shriver.
Tracy Chevalier commented: “I’m thrilled to be a part of The Borough Press. It combines the focus of a boutique imprint with the muscle of a large publisher, all underpinned with Katie Espiner’s excellent taste. It feels like coming home.”
The first acquisition for?THE BOROUGH PRESS?is a new deal with?Louisa Young?whose novel ?The Heroes’ Welcome, the sequel to 2011’s critically acclaimed and bestselling novel?My dear, I wanted to tell you, will be published in May 2014. Revisiting the story in 1919,?The Heroes’ Welcome?follows the lives of Riley and Nadine, Peter and Julia, as they come to terms with the aftermath of the Great War.
Kate Elton, publisher for HarperFiction said:?“The Borough Press will give further shape and identity to our publishing in an incredibly exciting and vibrant part of the market, and I’m delighted to see it take its place within HarperFiction. Katie is one of the most inspiring publishers with whom I’ve been privileged to work, and I know that her infectious passion, great taste and creativity will make The Borough Press a fantastic home for her wonderful authors.”
THE BOROUGH PRESS?is a boutique publishing team, led by publishing director?Katie Espiner. The imprint will offer personal, bespoke publishing on a tailored and thoughtfully curated list which, along with established fiction names, will acquire and nurture exciting new literary voices, from 2013 debuts?Nathan Filer?and?Rosie Garland, to?Robert Dinsdale?and?Judith Allnatt, whose beautiful First World War novel?The Moon Field?will be the imprint’s first publication on 16th?January 2014.
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