Picador is an imprint of Pan Macmillan in the United Kingdom and Australia and of Macmillan Publishing in the United States. Both companies are owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
Picador was launched in the UK in 1972 with the aim of publishing outstanding international writing in paperback. In 1990, Picador started publishing its own hardcovers; however in 2007, it announced that in future it expects most new titles to launch as paperback originals, a trend its expects the rest of the other UK publishing industry to follow.
Picador authors have included Jonathan Franzen, Michael Chabon, Angela Carter, Thomas Pynchon, Pankaj Mishra, Bret Easton Ellis and Salman Rushdie.