Atlantic Books

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Atlantic Books
FoundedFebruary 2000; 23 years ago (February 2000)
FounderToby Mundy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
DistributionThe Book Service[1]
Publication typesBooks, ebooks
ImprintsCorvus Books
Official website

Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house, with its headquarters in Ormond House in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden.[2] It is perhaps best known for publishing Aravind Adiga's debut novel The White Tiger, which received the 40th Man Booker Prize in 2008,[3] and for its long-standing relationship with the late Christopher Hitchens.[4]

CEO Toby Mundy was listed by the Evening Standard as one of London's top 1000 most influential people in 2012.[5]


Atlantic Books was founded in February 2000 by Toby Mundy. It was originally the UK subsidiary of the American independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Inc. Grove/Atlantic sold a majority stake in the company in 2009.[6] Allen & Unwin became the majority owner in 2014.[7]


In 2010, Atlantic Books launched a new genre fiction imprint, Corvus, introducing the world of crime, fantasy historical and women's fiction, into the company's list.[8] Corvus is home to the Douglas Brodie crime novels by Gordon Ferris, the Merrily Watkins Mysteries by Phil Rickman, and the Vespasian series written by Robert Fabbri. Other authors include Holly Seddon, Caroline Bond, Sanjida Kay, Jack Jordan, and Jacqueline Ward.

In 2013, Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, published by Corvus, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award – the most prestigious award for Science Fiction in Britain.[9][10] The same year, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.[11]

In 2019, it was announced that editorial director, Sara O'Keeffe, was leaving the company.[12] O'Keeffe had led the imprint for eight years, presiding over a number of successful publications, including Holly Seddon's debut break-out bestseller Try Not To Breathe and Megan Miranda's All The Missing Girls. O'Keeffe was also responsible for attracting established names including Minette Walters and Elizabeth Buchan. Sarah Hodgson, formerly deputy publishing director at HarperCollins, replaced O'Keeffe.


Atlantic Books is a founding member of the Independent Alliance, a global alliance of ten UK publishers and their international partners, when it was formed by Faber and Faber in 2005.[13] In 2009, Atlantic Books entered into a partnership with independent Australian publishers Allen & Unwin, enabling them to introduce their own titles to the Australian market and also to publish a few select Allen & Unwin titles in the UK.[14]


  • Atlantic Books won "Imprint and Editor of the Year" at The Bookseller Industry Awards in 2005 and 2009[15] as well as "Independent Publisher of the Year" at the same ceremony in 2009.[16]

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  1. ^ Penguin Random House Distribution
  2. ^ "Contact Us", Atlantic Books. Archived 14 January 2013 at Atlantic Books. Retrieved 9 November 2012. "Atlantic Books, Ormond House, 26-27 Boswell Street, London, WC1N 3JZ."
  3. ^ "The Man Booker Prize 2008". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.. Man Booker Prize. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  4. ^ Ng, Philiana (16 December 2011), "Christopher Hitchen' Final Memoir to Be Released Next Year", The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 March 2013. "Atlantic Books published Hitchens' best-seller God Is Not Great, Hitch-22 and Arguably, a collection of essays. Chief executive Toby Mundy said it was an honor to have worked with Hitchens as his publisher for the past seven years."
  5. ^ "London's 1000 most influential people 2012: Creatives, Authors, publishers & agents", Evening Standard, 8 November 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  6. ^ Gallagher, Victoria (13 October 2009). "Grove Atlantic to sell shares in Atlantic Books". The Bookseller. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  7. ^ Garrington, Joshua (14 January 2014). "Allen & Unwin becomes Atlantic's majority shareholder". The Bookseller. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  8. ^ Jones, Philip (12 January 2009), "Cheetham to launch new Atlantic list", The Bookseller: "Nicolas Cheetham has quit his post at Quercus in order to spearhead a new imprint at Atlantic Books; Corvus will develop Atlantic's genre fiction publishing." Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Chris Beckett at Atlantic". Atlantic Books, 2 May 2013.
  10. ^ Flood, Alison (1 May 2013), "Chris Beckett wins Arthur C Clarke award for Dark Eden", The Guardian.
  11. ^ "2013 World Fantasy Award Nominees and Life Achievement Award Winners". World Fantasy Convention.
  12. ^ Wood, Heloise (12 July 2019), "Hodgson leaves HC to join Corvus", The Bookseller.
  13. ^ "Independent Alliance". Faber and Faber. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.: "The Independent Alliance is a global alliance of ten UK publishers and their international partners who share a common vision of editorial excellence, original, diverse publishing, innovation in marketing and commercial success. The founding publishers of the Independent Alliance were Faber and Faber, Atlantic Books, Canongate, Icon Books, Portobello Books, Profile Books and Short Books, who came to partnership in July 2005." Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Allen & Unwin to begin distribution of Atlantic Books in New Zealand & Australia", Beattie's Book Blog, 31 March 2010: "The partnership entitles Allen & Unwin to a seat on the board of Atlantic Books, and the two companies will work together to not only distribute Atlantic’s list in the Australia and New Zealand region, but also to publish a select number of ANZ titles under the Allen & Unwin imprint in the UK through Atlantic." Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Imprint and Editor of the Year", The Bookseller Industry Awards, 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Independent Publisher of the Year", The Bookseller Industry Awards, 13 May 2013. Retrieved March 2013.

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