Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Parent companyHachette UK (starting in 2017)
FounderJessica Kingsley
SuccessorJohn Murray (publishing house)
Headquarters location
DistributionMacmillan Distribution (UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Far East)
Books International (US)
UBC Press (Canada)
Footprint Books (Australia)
United Publishers Services (Japan)
Taylor & Francis (Far East)[1]
Real Books (South Africa)[2]
Nonfiction topicsSocial sciences, behavioral sciences, special education
ImprintsSinging Dragon

Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) is an independent, multinational publishing house headquartered in London, and founded in 1987 by Jessica Kingsley.


Early on JKP published books pertaining to the social sciences and behavioural sciences, with special attention to art therapy and autism spectrum disorders, respectively.[3] In 2022, the company is described as a "leading publisher in the field of manual therapies and movement".[4]

In 2004, the company opened an American office in Philadelphia. In 2017, Hachette UK acquired JKP, and folded the company into John Murray Press.[5] In 2022, JKP acquired the Scottish publishing company Handspring, known for educational and reference book press.[5]


In 2007, at the first year of the Independent Publishers Awards, JKP won the van Tulleken Publisher of the Year Award for "encapsulating the very best of independent publishing in the UK" and also the Taylor Wessing Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year award.[6][7]

Selected notable authors[edit]


  1. ^ Distributors
  3. ^ van Goidsenhoven, Leni (2016). "Donna Williams's 'Triumph': Looking for 'the Place in the Middle' at Jessica Kingsley Publishers". Life Writing. 15 (2): 171–193. doi:10.1080/14484528.2016.1269270.
  4. ^ Chandler, Mark (14 March 2022). "Jessica Kingsley acquires Scottish press Handspring Publishing". The Bookseller. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b Maher, John (30 November 2017). "Hachette UK Acquires Jessica Kingsley Publishers". Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  6. ^ Tom Tivnan, "State of Independence" The Bookseller Mar 13, 2007
  7. ^ Philip Jones, "Kingsley, Faber and Kogan win indie awards" The Bookseller Mar 5, 2007 [1]

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