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    British Library Publishing

    The British Library holds more than 150 million items in its collection. British Library Publishing actively publish from the Library’s collection to bring forgotten stories and original non-fiction to new audiences.

    We publish thought-provoking books to showcase unexpected treasures from our collections, including maps, manuscripts, great works of literature and rare books. 

    We are also home to the much-loved bestselling British Library Crime Classics series. All revenue from our publications supports the Library’s work for future generations.

    For general publishing related enquiries please contact

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    Guidelines for authors

    We publish up to 40 non-fiction books a year in subjects broadly relating to the collections of the British Library, including the history of the book, medieval manuscripts, literary history, bibliography, cartography and history.

    We do not publish new fiction for adults or children, drama, poetry, autobiographies or memoirs.

    We welcome submissions from potential new authors in subject areas relevant to our publishing programme. Please send submissions to Your submission should consist of a two-page synopsis with a covering letter describing:

    • the nature of your project
    • your relevant experience/qualifications
    • the target readership.

    Trade sales

    For information on how to stock our books

    Our trade distributor

    Hachette UK Distribution 
    Hely Hutchinson Centre Milton Road
    OX11 7HH 
    T +44 (0) 1235 759555 

    UK and Ireland representatives

    London and South East

    Gary Wigglesworth
    M +44 (0)7719 997 708

    South West England

    Debbie Jones
    T +44 (0)1822 617 223
    M +44 (0)7850 621204

    Midlands, Norfolk, Oxford, Cambridge and Wales

    Ian Tripp
    T +44 (0)7970 450162

    North England and Scotland

    Anna Murphy
    M +44 (0)7825 701450 


    Robert Towers
    T +353 (1) 2806 532
    F +353 (1) 2806 020

    International sales

    Africa (excluding South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland & Botswana)

    Matthew Walsh
    Gunnar Lie & Associates Ltd
    Tel: +44 (0)20 8605 1097

    Eastern Europe, Netherlands, Africa, Middle East (including Turkey & Israel) & The Caribbean

    John Edgeler
    Compass Independent Publishing Services Ltd
    T +44 780 1866 936

    Germany, Austria & Switzerland

    Gabriele Kern
    Compass Independent Publishing Services Ltd
    T +49 151 675 209 36

    Greece and Cyprus

    Isabella Curtis
    T +30 210 7218995


    Penny Padovani
    T +39 0575 614338

    New Zealand

    David Bateman Ltd


    Angell Eurosales
    T +44 1764 683781

    South East and North Asia

    Publishers International Marketing
    T +44 1202 896210

    Spain and Portugal

    Jenny Padovani

    USA and Canada

    Trafalgar Square Publishing
    T +1 800 888 4741 

    For all other sales territories, point of sale and marketing materials

    Gary Wigglesworth
    Publishing Sales and Marketing Manager
    M +44 (0)7719 997 708

    For rights enquiries

    Ros Edwards