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Severn House Publishers
Severn House logo.png
Status Active
Founded 1974
Founder Edwin Buckhalter
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Surrey
Distribution Grantham Book Services (UK)
DLS Distribution Services (Australia)
Ingram Publisher Services (US)[1]
Fiction genres Crime, romance, historical fiction
Imprints Severn House, Crème de la Crime
Official website

Severn House Publishers is an independent publisher of fiction in hardcover and ebooks.[2] Severn House specialises in publishing mid-list authors in both the UK and the USA. Established in 1974, Severn House began republishing out-of-print titles by popular library authors.[3] The publishing house now specialises in providing libraries and the public worldwide with reinforced editions of brand new contemporary fiction, as well as rare or previously unpublished works. Since 2011, Crème de la Crime has been part of Severn House Publishers.[4][5]

Key people[edit]

  • CEO: Jamie Byng
  • Publisher: Kate Lyall Grant
  • Sales & Operations Director: Michelle Duff


Severn House was founded in London in 1974.[6] Originally a publisher of hardback fiction, Severn House now produces titles in all formats, including ebooks and large print. It publishes a broad range of titles, from crime and mystery, through to thrillers, romance, sagas, and historical fiction. While Severn House does occasionally publish debut novelists, the company specialises in series and recognisable, fan-favourite characters from established authors with a strong publication history.[7] Severn House's authors include:

In recent years, Severn House's overseas sales have grown rapidly, in part thanks to a continued presence at worldwide book fairs, including its traditional US market, as well as new ventures in the Middle East.[37] Many of Severn House’s authors are featured on blogs and in trade publications worldwide. Severn House books are published in eBook and hardback.

Crème de la Crime[edit]

Originally established in 2004, Crème de la Crime, with its distinctive logo and series jacket style, is known for producing accessible British crime fiction, touching upon female sleuths, hardboiled mysteries, and police procedurals that are both light-hearted and extremely dark in tone. Since 2011, Crème de la Crime has been part of Severn House Publishers, specialising in mid-list authors and publishing approximately two books a month. Kate Lyall Grant, formerly of Simon & Schuster, serves as publisher. In 2014 Crème de la Crime had published some of the best-reviewed British crime writers, including:

Mike Ripley and Margery Allingham[edit]

Severn House author Mike Ripley recently undertook the challenge of completing an unfinished manuscript featuring Albert Campion, the gentleman sleuth created by Golden Age crime writer Margery Allingham. Following Margery's death in 1966, her husband Philip Youngman Carter completed her novel Cargo of Eagles (published 1968), and two further Campion books: Mr Campion’s Farthing and Mr Campion’s Falcon.[49] Upon Youngman Carter's death in 1969, he too left an unfinished manuscript for a Campion novel.[50]

This fragment of manuscript, which contained revisions and minor corrections but no plot outline, character synopsis or plan, was bequeathed to Margery Allingham’s sister Joyce, and upon her death in 2001, the manuscript was left to officials of the Margery Allingham Society.[51] It was not until 2012 when Mike, with the approval and agreement of the Margery Allingham Society, took up the challenge of completing Youngman Carter's manuscript, which has become Mr Campion's Farewell, and was published in March 2014.[52][53]

Mr Campion's Farewell has received attention in the national press, and has been featured in The Times, The Spectator, The Independent and The Telegraph.[54][55][56]


  1. ^ Contact
  2. ^ "Severn House: About Us". 
  3. ^ "Severn House Publishers Announcement". New Library World. 
  4. ^ Kate Lyall Grant (5 March 2012). "Creme de la Crime - new publisher at Severn House". The Bookseller. 
  5. ^ "KLG at Severn House Publishers". Publishers Weekly. 
  6. ^ "Mystery Announcements". Library Journal. Fall 2013. 
  7. ^ "Severn House: Official Website". 
  8. ^ "Rosemary Aitken". 
  9. ^ "Lin Anderson". 
  10. ^ "Charles Atkins". 
  11. ^ "Donald Bain". 
  12. ^ "Sandra Balzo". 
  13. ^ "Lisa Black". 
  14. ^ "Alys Clare". 
  15. ^ "Simon Clarke author homepage". 
  16. ^ "Paul C. Doherty". 
  17. ^ "Dianne Fanning's webpage". 
  18. ^ "Michael Gregorio". 
  19. ^ "Peter Guttridge". 
  20. ^ "The Official Barbara Hambly Page". 
  21. ^ "Cynthia Harrod-Eagles". 
  22. ^ "Peter Helton". 
  23. ^ "Graham Ison - author". 
  24. ^ "Home Page of J. Sydney Jones". 
  25. ^ "Severn House". Severn House. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  26. ^ "Graham Masteron: The Official Site". 
  27. ^ "Complete Kirkus Reviews for Graham Masterton". 
  28. ^ "R. N. Morris". 
  29. ^ "Chris Nickson: author". 
  30. ^ "John Pilkington". 
  31. ^ "Sarah Rayne". 
  32. ^ "Rowmark - Pauline Rowson". 
  33. ^ "Clea Simon Webpage". 
  34. ^ "Stephen Solomita". 
  35. ^ "Marcia Talley's Main Page". 
  36. ^ "Dark Passage by Marcia Talley, pub. Severn House". Publishers Weekly. May 2013. 
  37. ^ "More Growth at Sharjah Book Fair". Publishers Weekly. November 2011. 
  38. ^ "Simon Brett: books". 
  39. ^ "Corpse on the Court by Simon Brett, pub. Severn/Creme de la Crime". Kirkus Reviews. 
  40. ^ "Paul C. Doherty". 
  41. ^ "The Straw Men by Paul Doherty, pub. Severn/Creme de la Crime". Kirkus Reviews. 
  42. ^ "Kate Ellis". 
  43. ^ "Paul Johnston: books and biography". 
  44. ^ "Review of The Black Life by Paul Johnston, pub. Severn/Creme de la Crime". Publishers Weekly. 
  45. ^ "Jim Kelly Official Website". 
  46. ^ "Nightrise by Jim Kelly". Kirkus Reviews. 
  47. ^ "Roger Morris". 
  48. ^ "M. J. Trow". 
  49. ^ "Margery Allingham bibliography". 
  50. ^ "The Return of Albert Campion". 
  51. ^ "Mike Ripley talks to Crime Time". 
  52. ^ "Duncan Torrens talks to Mike 'the Ripster' Ripley". 
  53. ^ "Mr Campion's Farewell - Severn House". 
  54. ^ "Review of Mr Campion's Farewell". The Spectator. 
  55. ^ "Margery Allingham: 'the Dickens of detective writing'". 
  56. ^ Mike Ripley (26 April 2014). "Wanted dead or alive: Why do fictional sleuths keep coming out of retirement?". The Independent.