Harper Collins

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About Harper Collins

With a heritage stretching back over 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between.

William Collins & Sons was founded in Glasgow in 1819, and first published bibles, atlases and dictionaries, but later grew to release works from some of history’s greatest authors, such as CS Lewis, Agatha Christie, and JRR Tolkien.

In 1990, the business merged with Harper & Row – a company established in New York City in 1817 – to create the HarperCollins worldwide brand, with News Corp as its parent company. In 2014, News Corp acquired Harlequin Enterprises, which became a division of HarperCollins worldwide.

Today, HarperCollins UK publishes around 1,000 books a year. Our authors include worldwide bestsellers such as Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, George RR Martin, whose blockbusting A Song of Ice and Fire series has enraptured fans across the globe, and perennial fiction favourites Bernard Cornwell, Jeffery Deaver, Jon McGregor and Cecelia Ahern and new favourites such as Gill Sims and Gail Honeyman. In non-fiction, we publish such experts as Max Hastings, Nigel Slater, Rachel Allen, Professor Brian Cox, Ant Middleton and Grace Dent.

Our award-winning children's division publishes the most talented authors around, including Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams, Judith Kerr, David Baddiel, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer, Oliver Jeffers and Holly Smale, alongside all-time classics such as Paddington Bear and Dr Seuss.

In education, our Collins Learning division is a pioneer in reference publishing, developing market leading, authoritative dictionaries, atlases and bibles, plus state-of-the-art online learning platforms which supplement our award-winning titles for primary and secondary education.

We lead the industry in innovation: we were the first trade publisher to digitise our content and create a global digital warehouse, protecting the rights of our authors, meeting consumer demand and generating many additional business opportunities.

HarperCollins has a total audio policy which means that we produce an audio version of every new narrative title and aim to release it on the same day as the print version.

HarperCollins UK is run by Chief Executive Officer Charlie Redmayne and employs some 900 people in London, Glasgow and Honley. HarperCollins also has an office in Dublin, Ireland. HarperCollins UK won five awards at the British Book Awards 2019, including Children's Book of the Year, Illustrator of the Year and the British Book Award for Export.