Oneworld Publications is a British independent publishing firm founded in 1986 by Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey originally to publish accessible non-fiction by experts and academics for the general market. Based in London, it later added a literary fiction list (in 2009) and both a children's list (Rock the Boat, 2015) and an upmarket crime list (Point Blank, 2016), and now publishes across a wide range of subjects, including history, politics, current affairs, popular science, religion, philosophy, and psychology, as well as literary fiction, crime fiction and suspense, and children's titles. A large proportion of Oneworld fiction across all its lists is translated.
|Founders||Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Headquarters location||Bloomsbury Street|
|Distribution||Grantham Book Services (UK)|
Faber (UK, Europe, Middle East and China)
Bloomsbury Publishing (Australia)
Jonathan Ball Publishers (South Africa)
HarperCollins India (India)
Penguin Random House (Singapore)
Simon & Schuster (U.S.)
|No. of employees||23|
Among the writers on the Oneworld list are Richard Adams, Paul Beatty, Martin Bell, Joseph Boyden, Jonathan A.C. Brown, Sean M. Carroll, Peter Cave, Ivor Crewe, Kamel Daoud, Deborah Kay Davies, Will Dean, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Jared Diamond, Yvvette Edwards, Peter Fiennes, Helen Fisher, Adam Frank, Antonia Fraser, A. C. Grayling, Jean Guerrero, John Hick, Caoilinn Hughes, Sun-mi Hwang, Marlon James, Stanley Johnson, Helen Joyce, Tayari Jones, Miranda Kaufmann, Anthony King, Hans Küng, Atticus Lish, Paul Lynch, Peter Matthiessen, Margaret Mazzantini, David McRaney, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Jenni Murray, Ilan Pappe, Barnaby Phillips, Caryl Phillips, William Poundstone, Mary Roach, Ahmed Saadawi, Jean Sasson, Samanta Schweblin, Jason Segel, Iain Sinclair, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Gloria Steinem, Jane Urquhart, and Anthony Warner.
Oneworld Publications was founded in 1986 by Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey, who had met as students in the 1970s and subsequently married; the company's name reflects their international approach to publishing with global values, initially producing non-fiction "with a focus on bold, intelligent non-fiction across the humanities".
In 2009, Oneworld launched a literary fiction list to focus on publishing inspiring, intelligent and thought-provoking novels from around the world. The list has received a string of prizes and award nominations, among them winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize for two years running: in 2015 with A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, the first Jamaican to win this prestigious award, and in 2016 with The Sellout by Paul Beatty, who became the first American winner of the prize. In 2019, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones won the Women's Prize for Fiction.
Further awards include the long-listing of A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards, a debut British novelist, in 2011 for the Man Booker Prize and was shortlisted in 2012 for the Commonwealth Book Prize. Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2014, as well as being shortlisted for the Encore Award in 2015. Also in 2015, Diane Cook's Man V. Nature was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajaj was shortlisted for the Authors' Club First Novel Award and the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize. In 2018 Grace by Paul Lynch won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction & the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and the following year Orchid & the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes won the Collyer Bristow Prize & was shortlisted for the Butler Literary Award, & the Hearst Big Book Award, & was longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the International DUBLIN Literary Award. On the crime side, Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2018 and in 2019 Syd Moore was shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger with her story 'Death Becomes Her', from the short-story collection The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas. Also in 2019, Will Dean's Red Snow, the second novel in his Tuva Moodyson Mystery series, won the prestigious Capital Crime/Amazon Publishing Readers' Independent Voice Award.
On the translated fiction front, The Meursault Investigation — a multi-award winner in France — was longlisted for the FT Emerging Voices Award and was also shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize (translated by John Cullen), along with Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (translated by Lisa Hayden). Laurus also won the Read Russia Translation Prize in 2016. Umami by Laia Jufresa (translated by Sophie Hughes) was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award in the US, and Masha Regina by Vadim Leventhal (translated by Lisa Hayden) was shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. In 2017, Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell) was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, as was Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi in 2018 (translated by Jonathan Wright & winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction), which went on to win the Golden Tentatacle Kitschies Award for the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic, while Lisa Hayden's translation of Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina was longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation in 2019.
On the non-fiction side, Oneworld titles have received numerous prestigious prizes and nominations. In 2013 The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize, for which Mary Roach's Gulp was also shortlisted the following year; Greg Grandin's The Empire of Necessity was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, while Serhii Plokhy's The Last Empire won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize for 2015, and the same year saw a double shortlisting for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year for The Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford and Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter - and the prize was won by The Rise of the Robots. In 2018 The Billionaire Raj by James Crabtree was shortlisted for the same award, and Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize in 2018.
Originally set up in Oxford, Oneworld bought its first permanent office in Bloomsbury, London, in 2012.
Oneworld now publishes around 100 titles a year, which are distributed worldwide by Random House (GBS) in the UK, by Simon & Schuster in the United States, by Bloomsbury Publishing in Australia, by Faber in Europe and the Middle East, by HarperCollins in India, by Jonathan Ball in South Africa, and by a variety of regional distributors in Latin America and other territories.
In 2015 Oneworld launched "Rock the Boat", a list of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults 0–19, and in 2016 launched a literary crime list, "Point Blank". In 2017 Oneworld set up Oneworld Academic.
In 2016, Oneworld won the Independent Publisher of the Year Award at the British Book Industry Awards.
In March 2016, Oneworld also won the Ruth Killick Publicity Trade Publisher of the Year Award at the 2016 IPG Independent Publishing Awards.
- International Sales & Distributors
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