Bloomsbury Launches in India

[Press Release]

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Launches Bloomsbury India on Friday, September 21, 2012

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012—Bloomsbury was founded in 1986 on the principle of publishing books of the highest quality. In India it will continue this tradition for fiction, non-fiction, academic, business, and education with both Indian and international authors.

In November 2012, Bloomsbury India will publish the first Wisden India Cricketers Almanac 2012, followed in December by the spectacular Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple, whose previous books have been No. 1 bestsellers in India. On the fiction list, ManilSuri’s bold and controversial new novel The City of Devi will be published in January 2013. Bloomsbury has an exceptional list of South Asian writers including Kamila Shamsie, Romesh Gunesekera, Rajesh Parameswaran, Roshi Fernando, Jaspreet Singh, and Tishani Doshi.

Bloomsbury India’s authors include the international bestselling writers J.K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, and Elizabeth Gilbert; Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson; Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer; Orange Prize winners Madeline Miller and Anne Michaels, cookbooks by the Michelin starred chefs Heston Blumenthal, Atul Kochhar, and Raymond Blanc and the bestselling Anthony Bourdain. Bloomsbury India will distribute both UK and US imprints including the critically acclaimed and popular Arden Shakespeare. A rigorous academic list will focus on business, economics and management.

In making the announcement Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc’s Founder and Chief Executive said, “I am thrilled that Bloomsbury’s long-term values of publishing books of excellence and originality will find expression from our office in Delhi. India represents an enticing place for an international publisher with its huge and highly educated population of English readers—probably more of the book buying demographic than that of the UK, USA, and Canada combined. Publishing books from India to the whole world and from our offices in London, New York, and Sydney into India is fundamental to our global publishing strategy. Bloomsbury’s worldwide Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Pringle will work closely with Diya KarHazra for the synergy which is at the heart of our two-way global publishing.”

“We are delighted to launch Bloomsbury India and look forward to continuing the Bloomsbury tradition of meaningful and quality publishing. It’s going to be an exciting journey,” said Rajiv Beri, Bloomsbury India’s Managing Director.

*Diya Kar Hazra, Bloomsbury India’s Publisher – Trade: “Bloomsbury has always been about good writing. It’s been about entertaining and informing. Diana, whom you see in our logo, is a hunter, constantly looking for new talent. We will publish a range of voices and genres, both fiction and non-fiction. We will be attentive to our authors and nurture our list with the utmost care.”

Amit Bhatia, Bloomsbury India’s Publisher – Academic & Professional: “There are significant publishing opportunities in academic publishing particularly in business, economics and management, which will be our focus areas.”
*A photograph of Diya Kar Hazra, Trade Publisher of Bloomsbury India, is available upon request

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