The Orion Publishing Group Company Profile

    About Orion

    • The Orion Publishing Group is one of the UK’s leading publishers.  It was founded in 1991 and soon after Orion began negotiations with Lord Weidenfeld and acquired Weidenfeld & Nicolson as the nucleus of the new publishing group.  Lord Weidenfeld remained as chairman of W&N until his death in 2016.  Today the Orion Publishing Group publishes under five main imprints: Orion Books, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Gollancz, Trapeze and Spring.

      Orion Books was launched in 1992 and publishes commercial, award-winning popular fiction and non-fiction, with an excellent record of publishing Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers.   The Orion fiction list includes crime and thrillers, contemporary women’s fiction and historical novels. 

      Seven Dials is the relaunch of Orion non-fiction in Septmeber 2017. The Seven Dials name and publishing strategy will bring a fresh and renewed focus to Orion’s bestselling non-fiction imprint. With a nod to Orion’s past and an ambitious strategy for the future, the seven dials of publishing will be: Autobiography & Biography; Food & Drink; Ideas; Gift & Humour; Personal Development and Parenting; Lifestyle, Diet & Fitness and the Dials Bookshelf – celebrating Orion’s eclectic non-fiction backlist.

      Weidenfeld & Nicolson is one of the most prestigious and dynamic literary imprints in British and international publishing.  Founded in 1949, it publishes the widest possible range of literary fiction including prize-winners, global bestsellers and literature in translation.   In non-fiction the range covers current affairs, history, biography, memoir, narrative non-fiction, music, popular science and nature writing.

      Gollancz is the oldest specialist Science Fiction & Fantasy publisher in the UK.  Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, it is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Through the long-running SF and Fantasy Masterworks programme, and major digital initiative the SF Gateway, it has one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.

      Trapeze is one of the newest imprints at the Orion Publishing Group.  Launching in September 2016, Trapeze will publish the very best commercial fiction and non-fiction that identify trends, break new voices and start conversations. Trapeze’s non-fiction list will be the home of celebrity autobiography, pop-culture, music, lifestyle, inspirational memoir, gift and humour.   Trapeze’s fiction list will publish books by standout voices in the crime, psychological suspense and women’s fiction areas. 

      Spring is a new wellbeing list launching in Autumn 2016.  Spring publishes a crafted selection of passionate celebrities, world-renowned experts and content-driven, subject-led books. The titles will be front-list bestsellers with strong backlist potential. Spring launches new voices, and also enlivens existing publishing brands. It explores standalone digital projects and creates innovative audio content. Just as the season promises and delivers so much joy, Spring will inspire readers to live more confidently, happily and healthily.  Never preaching, always informing, these books are for everyone, for life.

      The Orion Publishing Group is part of Hachette UK which is a leading UK trade publishing group.  Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the world’s third largest trade and educational publisher.