HarperCollins Publishers

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With a heritage stretching back 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between. William Collins & Sons was founded in Glasgow in 1819, and first published bibles, atlases and dictionaries, but later grew to release works from some of history’s greatest authors, such as CS Lewis, Agatha Christie, and JRR Tolkien. In 1990, the business merged with Harper & Row – a company established in New York City in 1817 – to create the HarperCollins worldwide brand, with News Corp as its parent company. In 2014, News Corp acquired Harlequin Enterprises, which became a division of HarperCollins worldwide. Today, HarperCollins UK publishes around 1,000 books a year. Our authors include worldwide bestsellers such as Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, George RR Martin, whose blockbusting A Song of Ice and Fire series has enraptured fans across the globe, and perennial fiction favourites Bernard Cornwell, Wilbur Smith, Patricia Cornwell and Cecelia Ahern. In non-fiction, we publish such luminaries as Max Hastings, Nigel Slater, Professor Brian Cox, Lorraine Pascale and Lena Dunham. Our award-winning children’s division publishes the most talented authors around, including Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams, Judith Kerr, Derek Landy, Oliver Jeffers and Holly Smale, alongside all-time classics such as Paddington Bear and Dr Seuss. In education, our Collins Learning division is a pioneer in reference publishing, developing market leading, authoritative dictionaries, atlases and bibles, plus state-of-the-art online learning platforms which supplement our award-winning titles for primary and secondary education. We lead the industry in innovation: we were the first trade publisher to digitise our content and create a global digital warehouse, protecting the rights of our authors, meeting consumer demand and generating many additional business opportunities. HarperCollins UK is run by Chief Executive Officer Charlie Redmayne and employs some 900 people in London, Glasgow and Honley. HarperCollins UK won five awards at the British Book Awards 2018, including Publisher of the Year and Book of the Year (for Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine).

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