Eland Books is a small, independent publishing house founded in 1982 by John Hatt, a former travel editor at Harpers & Queen magazine, with the aim of republishing and reviving classic travel books that have fallen out of print over time.

Eland Books
Founded1982; 40 years ago (1982)
FounderJohn Hatt
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
DistributionGrantham Book Services (UK)
Dufour Editions (US)[1]
NewSouth Books (Australia)[2]
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsSickle Moon Books
Official websitewww.travelbooks.co.uk

Its list currently runs to about a hundred or so titles and is highly regarded by critics and book reviewers.[3][4][5][6] Eland authors include:

Eland began from an office in Hatt's attic in a Victorian end-of-terrace house at 53 Eland Road, in Battersea, south-west London. It is run today by former travel guidebook authors Barnaby Rogerson and his wife Rose Baring.[7] Although its list has diversified into biography and fiction, the majority of the titles remain tales of travel.

Rogerson explained that Eland's mission is "to celebrate the diversity of the world, offering up 'anthropology-lite' under the blanket cover of preserving the best travel writing as well as to preserve the stories about past societies that have been destroyed by the modern world – precious little building blocks of other ways in which to live, from which a better world may one day be constructed by our heirs."[8]

"Eland offers an armchair way of getting to know our fellow earthlings", added co-publisher Rose Baring.

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  1. ^ Trade Information
  2. ^ About NewSouth Books
  3. ^ Crewe, Candida (27 July 2005). "Slush Pile Superstars". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "The new quarter's harvest". foxedquarterly.com.
  5. ^ "Eland Books added to Publishers Page". The Neglected Books Page. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ "My Internship with Eland Publishing". publishing.stir.ac.uk. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Barnaby Rogerson". The Clerkenwell Post.
  8. ^ Interview with Barnaby Rogerson, 24 November 2016.

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