Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd

Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd

30 Calvin Street
E1 6NW

Gerald Duckworth and Company Ltd was founded in 1898, and has published classic authors such as Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and Hilaire Belloc, as well as Evelyn Waugh and Beryl Bainbridge.

We remain an independent publisher – now the oldest independent publisher left in general trade publishing – and are owned by the former Penguin CEO Peter Mayer. 

Under the imprint Duckworth Overlook, our list encompasses literary, commercial and the odd foray into genre and children's fiction, in addition to a range of non-fiction with particular strengths in popular science, history and biography. Additionally we publish works from the Ardis imprint, a list of classic Russian literature in translation, and are associated with The Overlook Press in New York.

With a heritage stretching back more than a century, our most recent successes to sit alongside the greats of old include the worldwide phenomenon that is Max Brooks's zombie books, World War Z (now a Brad Pitt-helmed blockbuster) and The Zombie Survival Guide, JJ Connolly's cult gangster novel Layer Cake (also adapted for the big screen, starring Daniel Craig and) and its sequel Viva La Madness (currently in production), and Google's Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil's futurist touchstones The Singularity is Near and How to Create a Mind, to name but a few.

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