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.[4]


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, Julius Lester, Rosa Guy, Adrian Mitchell, Michael Horovitz, Ralph de Boissière, Gordon Williams, Colin MacInnes, Alexis Lykiard, Adrian Henri, Alan Burns, Giles Gordon, Clive Sinclair, John Edgar Wideman, Val Wilmer, and others.

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,[5] and has since "evolved and thrived under various independent managers",[6] including Peter Day and David Shelley.[7] A & B is now owned by Spanish publisher Javier Moll's Editorial Prensa Ibérica.[8] The current Publishing Director, appointed in 2005,[8] is Susie Dunlop,[9] and the imprint publishes "an array of books, from crime and thrillers to literary, historical and women's fiction, to fantasy, memoirs, and books on popular culture."[10]

At the time of the company's founding, Margaret Busby was the UK's youngest and first black woman publisher.[11] Clive Allison died on 25 July 2011.[2]


  1. ^ Margaret Busby (3 August 2011). "Clive Allison obituary". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ a b Katie Kingshill (7 September 2011). "Clive Allison: Publisher whose eclectic imprint was in the vanguard of independent houses". Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Margaret Busby remembers Clive Allison", Poetry Book Society, posted 5 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Independent Publisher of the Month: Allison & Busby",, 2009.
  5. ^ Virgin Group History, Funding Universe.
  6. ^ "Co-founder of Allison & Busby dies". Allison & Busby website. Retrieved October 2011. 
  7. ^ Caroline Dawnay and David Shelley, "Peter Day: a man of unerring human and literary insight", BookBrunch, 23 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "New face at Allison & Busby", Publishing News Digital Archive, Kingston University Information Services, 25 February 2005.
  9. ^ "Contact Us", A&B website.
  10. ^ Allison & Busby Books – Overview, Facebook.
  11. ^ "Margaret Busby profile at". Guardian website. Retrieved December 2014. 

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