Quercus (publisher)

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Quercus Publishing
Parent company Hodder & Stoughton
Founded 2004
Founder Mark Smith and Wayne Davies
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London
Publication types Books
Imprints MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books
Official website www.quercusbooks.co.uk

Quercus was an independent publishing house, based in London. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Smith and Wayne Davies. It was acquired by Hodder & Stoughton in 2014.[1]

Quercus is known for its lists in crime (e.g. Philip Kerr, Peter May, Peter Temple), its MacLehose Press imprint (headed by Christopher MacLehose),[2] which publishes translated (often prize-winning) works by authors such as Philippe Claudel, Stieg Larsson and Valerio Varesi, its literary fiction titles (e.g. Prajwal Parajuly, Kimberley Freeman) and its Jo Fletcher Books imprint, which publishes science fiction, fantasy and horror.


Smith and Davies had previously worked together at the Orion Publishing Group.

In 2011, Quercus received the Bonnier Publishing Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards in London.[3]

American imprint SilverOak is co-owned with Sterling Publishing.[4]


  1. ^ Sarah Shaffi, "Hodder buys Quercus", The Bookseller, 25 March 2014.
  2. ^ Anthony Gardner, "Christopher MacLehose — The champion of translated fiction who struck it rich with Stieg Larsson" (interview), 2010.
  3. ^ Lisa Campbell, "Quercus publisher of the year at The Bookseller Industry Awards", The Bookseller, 17 May 2011.
  4. ^ Jones, Philip (3 March 2010). "Indie publishers put books on Bloomsbury's digital library shelf". The Bookseller. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

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