Imprint of Little Brown Book Group, part of Hachette Livre UK Ltd. Abacus publishes some original paperback fiction and non-fiction.
In 2003 Abacus celebrated thirty years of publishing. In the early days it was strictly a non-fiction list with something of an ecological flavour, producing classics such as Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful and McLuhan’s Touch the Earth.
Primo Levi’s series of masterworks, including If this is a Man, The Periodic Table and Moments of Reprieve, was soon added and a tradition of bestselling high-quality memoir was established: Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom; Gore Vidal’s Palimpsest and Point to Point Navigation; historian William Woodruff’s double No. 1 bestsellers The Road to Nab End and Beyond Nab End; and, in 2006, Vikram Seth’s Two Lives.
Our fiction publishing began with Jane Gardam, whose Old Filth was just pipped at the post for the 2005 Orange Prize. Gardam has twice won the Whitbread Novel Award, part of an excellent Whitbread record that includes Joan Brady’s Book of the Year for Theory of War, Beryl Bainbridge’s Novel Award for Every Man for Himself and Christopher Wilson’s shortlisting for The Ballad of Lee Cotton. We were also thrilled when Valerie Martin won the Orange Prize for Property in 2003.
Abacus publishes some original paperback fiction and non-fiction and has had great success in this format with the likes of José Carlos Somoza (whose Athenian Murders won the CWA Gold Dagger), Guillermo Martínez, Charlie Connelly and Michele Giuttari.