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Octopus Publishing Group

A leading UK publisher of illustrated books


Octopus Publishing Group is a leading publisher of illustrated books. The group is comprised of ten imprints, each with their own identity, but all publishing consumer-focused and highly successful titles for their markets. As a group we have over 40 years’ experience working with high-profile authors and trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market-leading books. Within the group we publish across an array of subjects including cookery, wine, gardening, interiors, health, parenting, reference, antiques, sport, mind body spirit, pet care, mapping and more.

Australian Women’s Weekly has been published in the UK by Octopus since 2010. With over 70 million cookbooks sold, the AWW brand guarantees utter reliability – every recipe is triple-tested – and a fantastic range of contemporary titles covering the modern cook’s every need.

Bounty is a major supplier of bargain books to the promotional market. Founded in the early 1980’s it was the first reprint company set up specifically to reprint and sell backlist material. It draws on the vast range of product from all the divisions in the Octopus Group.

Cassell Illustrated publishes popular culture, history, entertainment, sport and contemporary reference titles. One of Cassell’s most notable strands is the 1001 series, which includes titles such 1001 Movies to See Before You Die.

Conran Octopus was founded by Sir Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn to publish cutting-edge books of the very highest quality in both content and design. Subject areas include cookery, interior design, gardening and crafts and that core philosophy remains unchanged. Conran Octopus always works with the very best names in the field including Leon, Allegra McEvedy, OrlaKiely, the Design Museum and of course Sir Terence Conran himself.

Hamlyn, founded in 1950 by Paul Hamlyn, is one of the most well-known names in illustrated publishing producing practical, informative and inspiring books. It covers the very best in food & drink, gardening, home & craft, health, sport, puzzles and reference books, always approaching subjects in an accessible and appealing manner.

Gaia Books is a leading publisher of natural health, mind body spirit, personal wellbeing and ecology books. Gaia's vision is reflected in a range of inspiring, authoritative and beautifully illustrated titles including the classic work by James Lovelock Gaia Medicine for an Ailing Planet.

Godsfield Press publishes inspirational and practical mind body spirit titles covering areas such as spirituality and religion, personal growth, alternative health and healing, and divination. The definitive Godsfield Bible series is the world’s best-selling mind body spirit series.

Mitchell Beazley is a long-established non-fiction publisher producing books on a wide range of subjects including cookery, gardening, reference, and natural history as well as leading the way with its award-winning wine titles and bestselling antiques books under the Miller’s brand. It has a trusted reputation working with high-profile brands and authors including Hugh Johnson, Levi Roots, Diana Henry, Jancis Robinson, Valentine Warner, the RHS and many more.

Spruce is known for its innovative design and quirky approach books across a range of areas including cookery, humour, mind body spirit and gift books. It has a great reputation for publishing well-defined, distinct series which become backlist classics.

Philip’s is one of Britain's best-known map, atlas and reference book publishers. It publishes many long-established market-leading titles such as the Philip’s Navigator Britain road atlas, its bestselling Street Atlas series, the Philip’s Universal Atlas of the World, Sir Patrick Moore’s Atlas of the Universe and the Philip’s Modern School Atlas.

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