Rex Collings (1925-1996) was an English publisher who specialized in books relating to Africa and children's books. He ensured the publication of Wole Soyinka's plays, and was the first to publish Watership Down by Richard Adams.[1]

Collings started at Penguin before moving to Oxford University Press, where he established the Three Crowns Series for books on African subjects. He then moved to Methuen before setting up his own publishing company, Rex Collings Ltd. He risked his own money in publishing Watership Down, which around thirty publishers had turned down.[2]


  1. ^ Obituary: Rex Collings, The Independent, 7 June 1996.
  2. ^ James Currey (1997). "Obituary: In Memoriam Rex Collings". In Kenneth W. Harrow (ed.). With Open Eyes: Women and African Cinema. Rodopi. pp. 219–221. ISBN 90-420-0143-7.