Orion Publishing Group

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Orion Publishing Group
Parent companyHachette Livre
Founded1991; 30 years ago (1991)
FounderAnthony Cheetham, Rosemary Cheetham, and Rosemary
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsWeidenfeld & Nicolson, Gollancz, Phoenix, Cassell Military, Everyman's Library
Official websitewww.orionbooks.co.uk

Orion Publishing Group Ltd. is a UK-based book publisher. It was founded in 1991 and acquired Weidenfeld & Nicolson the following year. The group has published numerous bestselling books by notable authors including Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Nemir Kirdar and Quentin Tarantino. [1]


Orion Books was launched in 1992, with Orion purchasing the assets of Chapman publishers the following year. In the same year (1993) it acquired a warehousing and distribution centre called Littlehampton Book Services (LBS) which was based in Sussex in the UK. A majority share capital of Orion was sold to Hachette Livre in 1998 before Hachette Livre became the sole owner of the Orion Publishing Group in 2003. In December 1998, Orion acquired publishing house Cassell & Co whose imprints included Victor Gollancz Ltd. This imprint became a part of the Orion group and Orion also took ownership of the Cassell Military list. After acquiring Hodder Headline, Hachette UK was formed with Orion as its largest single component.[2] [3]



Hachette's Orion division won the 2021 British Book Awards 'Publisher of The Year' title for outstanding success during the 2020 calendar year. Each of it's lists recorded a sharp increase in sales, with eight books topping £1,000,000 in sales. There were best sellers from Ian Rankin and Michael Connelly in fiction along with strong sales from Noel Fitzpatrick and Arsene Wenger on the non-fiction side. This financial success, along with "virtual events and effective digital marketing", (Adam Kay’s Dear NHS anthology raised nearly £400,000) saw the Orion Group win the publishers prize in 2021.


The group's imprints include:[4]

The group also distributes books for the independent Halban Publishers.


Books distributed through Littlehampton book services.[5]

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  1. ^ "Orion Publishing Group Ltd/The - Company Profile and News". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  2. ^ "PW: Hachette Buys Majority Stake in U.K.'s Orion Group". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2008-09-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Imprints". The Orion Publishing Group.
  5. ^ LBSLTD.co.uk

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