Oneworld Publications

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Oneworld Publications
Founded 1986
Founders Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location 10 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3SR
Publication types Books
No. of employees 23[1]
Official website www.oneworld-publications.com

Oneworld Publications is a British independent publishing firm founded in 1986 by Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey originally to publish accessible non-fiction by experts and academics for the general market.[2] Based in London, it later added a literary fiction list (in 2009) and both a children's list (Rock the Boat, 2015) and an upmarket crime list (Point Blank, 2016), and now publishes across a wide range of subjects, including history, politics, current affairs, popular science, religion, philosophy, and psychology, as well as literary fiction, upmarket crime fiction and children's titles.

Among the writers on the Oneworld list are Marlon James, Paul Beatty, Gloria Steinem, A. C. Grayling, Iain Sinclair, Stanley Johnson, Richard Adams, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sean M. Carroll, Samanta Schweblin, Barnaby Phillips, Martin Bell, David McRaney, Jared Diamond, Ivor Crewe, Anthony King, Ilan Pappe, Mary Roach, Adam Frank, Peter Cave, Jean Sasson, William Poundstone, John Hick, Hans Küng, Helen Fisher, Atticus Lish, Peter Matthiessen, Amit Chaudhuri, Kamel Daoud, Caryl Phillips, Jane Urquhart, Sun-mi Hwang, Margaret Mazzantini, Yvvette Edwards, Joseph Boyden, Iman Verjee and Deborah Kay Davies.

History[edit]

Oneworld Publications was founded in 1986 by Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey, who had met as students in the 1970s and subsequently married;[1][3] the company's name reflects their international approach to publishing with global values, initially producing non-fiction "with a focus on bold, intelligent non-fiction across the humanities".[4][5]

In 2009 Oneworld launched a literary fiction list to focus on publishing inspiring, intelligent and thought-provoking novels from around the world. The list has received a string of prizes and award nominations, among them winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize for two years running: in 2015 with A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, and in 2016 with The Sellout by Paul Beatty, who became the first American winner of the prize.[6][7][8][9] A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards, a debut British novelist, was longlisted in 2011 for the Man Booker Prize[10] and was shortlisted in 2012 for the Commonwealth Book Prize.[11] Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies was longlisted for the Baileys Prize in 2014, as well as being shortlisted for the Encore Award in 2015. Also in 2015, Diane Cook's Man V. Nature was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajaj was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and The Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, and The Meursault Investigation — a multi-award winner in France — was longlisted for the FT Emerging Voices Award and was also shortlisted for The Oxford–Weidenfeld Translation Prize (translated by John Cullen), along with Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (translated by Lisa Hayden). Laurus also won the Read Russia Translation Prize in 2016. Currently Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell) is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, Umami by Laia Jufresa (translated by Sophie Hughes) is shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award in the US, and Masha Regina by Vadim Leventhal (translated by Lisa Hayden) is shortlisted for The Oxford–Weidenfeld Translation Prize.

On the non-fiction side, Oneworld titles have received numerous prestigious prizes and nominations. The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize in 2013, for which Mary Roach's Gulp was also shortlisted the following year; Greg Grandin's The Empire of Necessity was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, while Serhii Plokhy's The Last Empire won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize for 2015, and the same year saw a double shortlisting for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year for The Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford and Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter - and the prize was won by The Rise of the Robots.

Originally set up in Oxford,[12] Oneworld bought its first permanent office in Bloomsbury, London, in 2012.

Oneworld now publishes around 100 titles a year, which are distributed worldwide by Random House (GBS) in the UK, by Publishers Group West in the United States, by Bloomsbury Publishing in Australia, by Pan Macmillan in Europe, India and the Middle East, by Penguin Group in the Far East, by Jonathan Ball in South Africa, and by a variety of regional distributors in Latin America and other territories.

Imprints[edit]

In 2015 Oneworld launched "Rock the Boat", a list of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults 0-19,[13][14] and announced the 2016 launch of a literary crime list, "Point Blank".[15][16] In 2017 Oneworld set up Oneworld Academic.

Awards[edit]

In 2016 Oneworld won the Independent Publisher of the Year Award at the British Book Industry Awards.[17]

In March 2016 Oneworld also won the Ruth Killick Publicity Trade Publisher of the Year at the 2016 IPG Independent Publishing Awards.[18]

Oneworld received the Alison Morrison Diversity Award at the 2017 IPG Independent Publishing Awards.[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alison Flood, "Oneworld: the tiny publisher behind the last two Man Booker winners", The Guardian, 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ "About Us", Oneworld Publications.
  3. ^ Robert Dex, "Meet the husband-and-wife publishing team who backed Booker Prize winner Marlon James", Evening Standard, 14 October 2015.
  4. ^ Juliet Mabey, "Oneworld, One Household: A Husband and Wife and a Life in Publishing", Publishing Perspectives, 8 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Oneworld Publications", Paper Neverland, 1 December 2015.
  6. ^ Alison Flood and Mark Brown, "Man Booker shortlist 2016: tiny Scottish imprint sees off publishing giants", The Guardian, 13 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Sellout Wins 2016 Man Booker Prize". The Man Booker Prize.
  8. ^ Alexandra Alter, "Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’", The New York Times, 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ Tim Masters, "Man Booker Prize: Paul Beatty becomes first US winner for The Sellout", BBC News, 26 October 2016.
  10. ^ Tim Masters, "Booker longlist: Yvvette Edwards on A Cupboard Full of Coats", BBC News, 2 August 2011.
  11. ^ Katie Allen, "Oneworld's Edwards shortlisted for Commonwealth Book Prize", The Bookeller, 25 April 2012.
  12. ^ Charlotte Williams, "Oneworld Publications expands into London", The Bookseller, 20 January 2011.
  13. ^ Lisa Campbell, "Oneworld moves into YA market with Rock the Boat", The Bookseller, 8 October 2014.
  14. ^ "About", Rock the Boat.
  15. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi, "Oneworld creates new crime imprint Point Blank", The Bookseller, 8 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Point Blank" at Oneworld.
  17. ^ John Dugdale, "The British Book Industry awards: all must have prizes", The Guardian, 12 May 2016.
  18. ^ "The 2016 Awards". Independent Publishers Guild. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "The 2017 IPG Independent Publishing Awards: winners", Independent Publishers Guild (IPG).

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