Open main menu

Atlantic Books

Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house, with its headquarters in the Ormond House in Bloomsbury, London Borough of Camden.[2] It is perhaps best known for publishing Aravind Adiga's debut novel The White Tiger which received the 40th Man Booker Prize in 2008,[3] and for its long-standing relationship with the late Christopher Hitchens.[4]

Atlantic Books
Atlantic Books logo.jpg
FoundedFebruary 2000
FounderToby Mundy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
DistributionThe Book Service[1]
Publication typesBooks, ebooks
ImprintsCorvus Books
Official website

CEO Toby Mundy was listed by the Evening Standard as one of London's top 1000 most influential people in 2012.[5]



Atlantic Books was founded in February 2000 by Toby Mundy. It was originally the UK subsidiary of the American independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Inc. Grove/Atlantic sold a majority stake in the company in 2009.[6] Allen & Unwin became the majority owner in 2014.[7]


In 2010 Atlantic Books launched a new genre fiction imprint, Corvus, introducing the world of crime, fantasy historical and women's fiction into the company's list.[8] Corvus is home to the Douglas Brodie crime novels by Gordon Ferris, the Merrily Watkins Mysteries by Phil Rickman and the Vespasian series written by Robert Fabbri. Other authors include Holly Seddon, Caroline Bond, Sanjida Kay, Jack Jordan and Jacqueline Ward.

In 2013, Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, published by Corvus, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award - the most prestigious award for Science Fiction in Britain. The same year Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. [10]


Atlantic Books is a founding member of The Independent Alliance, a global alliance of ten UK publishers and their international partners, when it was formed by Faber & Faber in 2005.[9] In 2009 Atlantic Books entered into a partnership with independent Australian publishers Allen and Unwin, enabling them to introduce their own titles to the Australian market and also to publish a few select Allen and Unwin titles in the UK.[10]

Aravind Adiga

Vince Cable

  • The Storm (2009), Free Radical (2009).

John Carlin

  • Invictus (2009) - originally named Playing the Enemy. Served as the basis for the 2009 motion picture Invictus (film).[11]

Alistair Darling

  • Back from the Brink (2011)

Damon Galgut

Steven Galloway

Christine Dwyer Hickey

Christopher Hitchens

Timothy Garton Ash

  • Facts are Subversive (2009)

Herman Koch

Pascal Mercier

Andrew Miller (writer)

Cheryl Strayed

Christos Tsiolkas

Achmat Dangor

  • Bitter Fruit (2004) - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004.

Nancy Huston

  • Fault Lines (2008)

Cynthia Ozick

  • Foreign Bodies (2012)

Ian Buruma

  • Murder in Amsterdam (2007) - shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize in 2007.
  • Year Zero (2013)

The Clash

  • The Clash (2008)

Richard Flanagan

  • Gould's Book of Fish (2003)


  • Atlantic Books won 'Imprint and Editor of the Year' at The Bookseller Industry Awards in 2005 and 2009[16] as well as 'Independent Publisher of the Year' at the same ceremony in 2009.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Penguin Random House Distribution
  2. ^ "Contact Us Archived 14 January 2013 at" Atlantic Books. Retrieved on 9 November 2012. "Atlantic Books, Ormond House, 26-27 Boswell Street, London, WC1N 3JZ"
  3. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-27.." Man Booker Prize. Retrieved on 27 March 2013.
  4. ^ "[1]." The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 27 March 2013. "Atlantic Books published Hitchens' best-seller God Is Not Great, Hitch-22 and Arguably, a collection of essays. Chief executive Toby Mundy said it was an honor to have worked with Hitchens as his publisher for the past seven years."
  5. ^ "[2]." Evening Standard. Retrieved on 27 March 2013.
  6. ^ Gallagher, Victoria (2009-10-13). "Grove Atlantic to sell shares in Atlantic Books". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  7. ^ Garrington, Joshua (2014-01-14). "Allen & Unwin becomes Atlantic's majority shareholder". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  8. ^ "[3]." The Bookseller. "Nicolas Cheetham has quit his post at Quercus in order to spearhead a new imprint at Atlantic Books; Corvus will develop Atlantic's genre fiction publishing." Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-28.." Faber and Faber. "The Independent Alliance is a global alliance of ten UK publishers and their international partners who share a common vision of editorial excellence, original, diverse publishing, innovation in marketing and commercial success. The founding publishers of the Independent Alliance were Faber and Faber, Atlantic Books, Canongate, Icon Books, Portobello Books, Profile Books and Short Books, who came to partnership in July 2005." Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  10. ^ "[4]." Beattie's Book Blog. "The partnership entitles Allen & Unwin to a seat on the board of Atlantic Books, and the two companies will work together to not only distribute Atlantic’s list in the Australia and New Zealand region, but also to publish a select number of ANZ titles under the Allen & Unwin imprint in the UK through Atlantic." Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  11. ^ "[5]." New York Times. "The film, based on John Carlin’s book “Playing the Enemy,” takes place in South Africa in the mid-1990s." Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  12. ^ "[6]." The Daily Telegraph. 'Man Booker Prize 2010: six novels on shortlist'. Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  13. ^ "[7]." Scotiabank. Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  14. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-28.." International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  15. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-28.." Man Booker Prize. Retrieved on 28 March 2013.
  16. ^ "[8]." The Bookseller Industry Awards. Retrieved on 2 April 2013.
  17. ^ "[9]." The Bookseller. Retrieved on 28 March 2013.

External linksEdit