Allison & Busby

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Allison & Busby (A & B) is a publishing house based in London established by Clive Allison and Margaret Busby in 1967.[1][2][3] The company has built up a reputation as a leading independent publisher.

In its first two decades, A & B published writers including Sam Greenlee, Michael Moorcock, H. Rap Brown, Buchi Emecheta, Nuruddin Farah, Roy Heath, C. L. R. James, George Lamming, Geoffrey Grigson, Jill Murphy, Andrew Salkey, Ishmael Reed, Adrian Mitchell, Michael Horovitz, Gordon Williams, and Val Wilmer.

Among the imprint's original titles are The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969), Behold the Man (1969), The Final Programme (1969), The English Assassin (1972), The Worst Witch (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius (1976), The Condition of Muzak (1977), Gloriana (1978), and The True History of the Elephant Man (1980).

The company was acquired by W. H. Allen Ltd in 1987, was subsequently part of Virgin Publishing,[4] and has since "evolved and thrived under various independent managers".[5] A & B is now owned by Spanish publisher Javier Moll's Editorial Prensa Ibérica.[6]

At the time of the company's founding, Margaret Busby was the UK's youngest and first black woman publisher.[7] Clive Allison died on 25 July 2011.[2]


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