Quercus (publisher)

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

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


Quercus is known for its lists in crime (publishing such authors as Elly Griffiths, Philip Kerr, Peter May, Peter Temple), its MacLehose Press imprint (formerly headed by Christopher MacLehose), [2] which publishes translated (often prize-winning) works by authors such as Philippe Claudel, Stieg Larsson, [3] and Valerio Varesi, its literary fiction titles (including by Kimberley Freeman, Prajwal Parajuly) 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 was chosen as the Bonnier Publishing Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards in London. [4]

American imprint SilverOak was co-owned with Sterling Publishing. [5] In March 2016, Quercus launched fiction and non-fiction imprint riverrun. [6]

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  5. Jones, Philip (3 March 2010). "Indie publishers put books on Bloomsbury's digital library shelf". The Bookseller. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  6. Cowdrey, Katherine (10 March 2016). "Quercus launches new 'upmarket' imprint: Riverrun". The Bookseller. Retrieved 4 September 2018.