HUK Corporate History

The History of Hachette UK

Acquisitions and Highlights

Year Event
1768

John Murray founded

1826

Louis Hachette founds Hachette

1837

Little, Brown established

1868

Hodder & Stoughton founded

1949

Weidenfeld & Nicholson imprint founded

1971

Octopus established

1986

Headline Book Publishing established

1991

Orion Publishing Group formed

1992

Headline acquires Bookpoint

1993
  • Headline acquires Hodder & Stoughton and forms Hodder Headline Ltd
  • Orion acquires Littlehampton Book Services
1995/6

Time Warner acquires Little, Brown imprints

1996

Hachette Livre acquires Orion and Cassell

1999

Hodder Headline acquired by WH Smith

2001

Hachette Livre acquires Octopus

2002
  • Hodder Headline acquires John Murray
  • Hodder Headline sets up Hodder Gibson
2004

Hodder Headline acquired by Lagardère for Hachette Livre UK

2005

Hachette Children’s Books formed through the merger of Watts Publishing Group and Hodder Children’s

2006
  • Hachette Livre UK acquires Time Warner Book Group becoming the UK’s lead publisher
  • Time Warner Book Group renamed Little, Brown Book Group
  • Hodder Education acquires Philip Allan Updates, publishers of magazines, textbooks, revision guides and conference providers
2007
  • Use of Hodder Headline is discontinued with all Hodder Headline companies reporting directly to Hachette Livre UK
  • Hachette Book Publishing India is formed
  • Little, Brown Book Group acquires Piatkus, incorporated as an independent imprint within the group
  • Hodder Headline Ireland and Little, Brown Ireland join together to form the Hachette Book Group Ireland (HBGI)
2008
  • Hachette Livre UK changes its name to Hachette UK
2009 Hachette India founded
2011 Hachette UK opens sales office in Dubai
2012

Hachette UK acquires world rights in Enid Blyton
Octopus acquires Ticktock
Hachette UK opens sales office in Hong Kong

2013

Hodder Education acquires Galore Park

2014

Little, Brown acquires Constable & Robinson
Hodder & Stoughton acquires Quercus

2015

Hodder Education acquires Rising Stars
Hodder & Stoughton acquires Nicholas Brealey

2016

Hachette UK acquires Neon Play

2017

Hachette UK acquires Bookouture