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CORNERSTONE COMPANY PROFILE

Cornerstone publishes a broad portfolio of titles across fiction and non-fiction; commercial and literary. We have five hardback imprints: William Heinemann, Hutchinson, Century, Preface and Random House Books, and two paperback lists: Arrow and Windmill – which between them publish something for every reader.

Arrow

Arrow is one of the most successful paperback imprints in the UK, with more Sunday Times No. 1 bestsellers in 2012 than any other imprint in UK publishing. On the fiction side we're privileged to publish some of the biggest and best authors writing today - from crime and thriller giants such as James Patterson, Robert Harris, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter to some of Britain's best-loved women's fiction authors: Katie Fforde, Susan Lewis, Lisa Jewell, Katie Flynn and Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, and bestselling historical novelists such as Alison Weir and Ben Kane. And the impressive range and depth of Cornerstone's hardback imprints is well illustrated by the strength of Arrow's non-fiction list: from celebrity autobiographies from Rod Stewart, James Corden, Peter Kay and Dawn French to the high profile political memoirs of Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and Bill Clinton.

Hammer

Arrow is also home to the Hammer list, which launched in 2011. Working in association with Hammer Films, Hammer publishes compelling and intelligent horror in the form of film tie-ins, backlist classics re-imagined to bring them to a whole new market with a modern and sophisticated twist, and new novellas by established authors, including Jeanette Winterson, Helen Dunmore, Julie Myerson and Sophie Hannah. 

Century

Century was founded in 1981 and immediately established itself as an exceptionally dynamic publisher of bestselling authors, a tradition continued to this day. The Century list includes brand-name novelists such as James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Jewell and Katie Fforde, and we are also proud to be publishing compelling and powerful debut novels such as Wool by Hugh Howey and Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes. Century's diverse non-fiction list includes Sunday Times bestseller Ross Kemp and autobiographies from major celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Peter Kay, Dawn French, James Corden, Eric Clapton and David Jason, and a broad range of exceptional non-fiction writing from authors such as Richard Bacon, Duncan Hamilton, and Christopher Sykes.

Hutchinson

Founded in 1887 by George Hutchinson with capital of three thousand pounds, Hutchinson opened for business in the basement of 25 Paternostor Row, near St Paul's Cathedral. It is the home of fiction that you have to press into the hands of your friends and non-fiction that is entertaining and erudite. We publish bestsellers, Helen Dunmore, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Douglas Kennedy and Ruth Rendell, book club favourites, Aimee Bender, Anna Quindlen. We are committed to discovering new talent that combine a distinctive voice with great storytelling skills and recent acquisitions include Bonnie Nadzam, longlisted for the Women’s Prize, New York Times bestsellers, Sloane Crosley, Ayana Mathis, Marisha Pessl and Amor Towles. While the subject of our narrative non-fiction varies – from nightclub owners to Kings, running to modernism – the writing is always from a passionate and original perspective, with authors including Kate Williams, Marc Morris, Lindy Woodhead and Alexandra Heminsley. We are privileged to have published era-defining political memoirs, including the autobiographies of Tony Blair and Bill Clinton and diaries of Alastair Campbell. While all our books have an attention to detail that makes them objects to own as well as download, we publish a small number of gift books that celebrate what can be done with some paper and ink, including the work of renowned paper-cut artist, Rob Ryan.

 Preface

Preface was established in 2007 to publish commercial fiction and non-fiction.  Preface’s fiction list includes Sunday Times bestseller Ben Kane, historical novelist James Aitcheson, thriller writer Patrick Woodhead and Donna Douglas author of the second biggest Cornerstone debut of 2012, The Nightingale Girls. In non-fiction, the list includes big history (Peter Caddick-Adams, Monte Cassino and his up-coming Ardennes; Michael Williams’, Steaming to Victory, Allan Williams’, Operation Crossbow), ‘Middle England’ (Hugh Thomson’s The Green Roads into the Trees), popular culture (Dylan Jones When Ziggy Played Guitar and The Eighties: One Day, One Decade), biography (Diane Atkinson, The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton and William Cook’s biography of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, One Leg Too Few), stories of people and place (Tessa Hainsworth, Seagulls in the Attic), music  (we are long time publisher’s of U2), humour (Jem Roberts’ The True History of the Blackadder, which had contributions from all the main characters from Atkinson and Curtis, to Elton and Lloyd; Forty years of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and the tie-in book to Radio 4s  The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell). In just two years we have created one of the most vibrant cookery book lists in the UK with the bestselling Hawksmoor at Home by Huw Gott and Will Beckett, J. Sheekey Fish by Allan Jenkins, Vegetronic from Michelin-starred chef, Alexis Gauthier, Comptoir Libanais by bestselling cookery writer Dan Lepard and restaurant owner Tony Kitous and, for this autumn, Michael Caines’ At Home. 

Random House Books

Random House Books publishes a wide range of non-fiction, from business through to history.  The business element of the list boasts such well-known and highly regarded authors as Jim Collins (Good to Great and Great by Choice), Chris Anderson (The Long Tail and Makers), Sir Terry Leahy (Management in 10 Words), and Chip and Dan Heath (Made to Stick and Decisive). More generally, the imprint covers books on topics such as language (Simon Heffer’s Strictly English), history (Dan Cruickshank’s The Secret History of Georgian London, Clarissa Dickson Wright’s History of English Food), and popular culture (Mark Kermode’s The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex, Steve Roud’s London Lore). Random House Books is also proud to be the publisher of John Cleese’s forthcoming autobiography.

William Heinemann

William Heinemann is one of the oldest literary imprints still publishing today. Founded in 1890, the imprint boasts both a rich literary heritage and a forward-thinking, cutting-edge list of contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Historically we have published Harper Lee, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Anthony Burgess, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Graham Greene, John Steinbeck and Nabokov to name just a very few. Today William Heinemann publishes acclaimed fiction from both sides of the Atlantic – David Vann, Douglas Coupland, James Ellroy, Nick Harkaway, John Niven, Paul Harding (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Jenni Fagan (a Granta Best Young British Novelist), Johanna Skibsrud (winner of the Giller Prize), Amy Waldman, Lauren Groff, Jonathan Lee, Sathnam Sanghera – and in translation – Michel Houellebecq (winner of the Prix Goncourt) and Alonso Cueto – as well as some of the best upmarket crime and thriller writers, including Thomas Harris, Donna Leon, Kathy Reichs, John Harvey and Annie Hauxwell.

The non-fiction list is an eclectic mix that includes history, current affairs, reportage, popular culture, memoir, popular science and narrative non-fiction from authors such as Azar Nafisi (Things I’ve Been Silent About), Tony Judt (Postwar, The Memory Chalet, Thinking the Twentieth Century), Ben Mezrich (The Accidental Billionaires, Straight Flush), Kevin Dutton (Flipnosis, The Wisdom of Psychopaths), Liaquat Ahamed (Lords of Finance, a Pulitzer Prize winner), Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit), Kevin Ashton (No Genius Necessary – forthcoming) and Thomas Harding (Hanns and Rudolf – forthcoming).

Windmill

Cornerstone’s Windmill imprint launched in 2009, publishing literary fiction and non-fiction in paperback. The list is comprised of prize winners, exceptional new voices and expert non-fiction writers publishing across a broad range of genres.

In fiction we publish books by Aimee Bender, Douglas Coupland, James Ellroy, Jenni Fagan (Granta Best Young British Novelist 2013), Paul Harding (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Tinkers), Nick Harkaway, Jonathan Lee, Tim Pears, Anna Quindlen, and David Vann.

 Our non-fiction authors include Liaquat Ahamed (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Lords of Finance), Dan Cruickshank, Duncan Hamilton (two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year), Simon Heffer, Kevin Jackson, Marc Morris, Azar Nafisi and Matthew Parker.

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Key Contacts
  • Susan Sandon, Managing Director
  • Selina Walker, Publisher, Century and Arrow, Cornerstone Editorial
  • Jason Arthur, Publisher, Heinemann Editorial
  • Jocasta Hamilton, Publishing Director, Hutchinson Editorial
  • Ben Dunn, Publishing Director, Century, Century Editorial
  • Jenny Geras, Publishing Director, Century Editorial
  • Jack Fogg, Editorial Director, Century Editorial
  • Trevor Dolby, Publisher, Preface Publishing
  • Nigel Wilcockson, Publishing Director, RH Books and RH Business Books 
  • Julie Jefferies, Head of Commercial Affairs, Cornerstone Finance
  • Charlotte Bush, Director of Publicity and Media Relations
  • Rebecca Ikin, Marketing Director
Publicity Contacts:
CORNERSTONE
All imprints:

Charlotte Bush
Director of Publicity and Media Relations, Cornerstone
T: (0)20 7840 8613
 
Rose Tremlett
Cornerstone Publicity Manager
T: (0)20 7840 8623
 
Philippa Cotton
Cornerstone Press Officer
T: (0)20 7840 453
 
GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Millie Seaward
Cornerstone Publicity Assistant
T: 44 (0)20 7840 8624
E: mseaward@randomhouse.co.uk
 
Citizen Sigmund
Cornerstone Publicity Assistant
T: 44 (0)20 7840 8694
 
Rachel Cain
Cornerstone Publicity Assistant 
T: 44 (0)20 7840 8415
E: rcain@randomhouse.co.uk
 
CENTURY/ARROW
Natalie Higgins
Century and Arrow Publicity Director
T: (0)20 7840 8611
 
HUTCHINSON
Emma Mitchell
Hutchinson Publicity Director
T: (0)20 7840 8610
 
WILLIAM HEINEMANN/WINDMILL
Emma Finnigan
William Heinemann/Windmill Publicity Director
T: (0)20 7840 8773
 
RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS
Najma Finlay
Publicity Manager, Random House Books
T: (0)20 7840 8614
  

 

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