Barrie & Jenkins

Barrie & Jenkins was a small British publishing house that was formed in 1964 from the merger of the companies Herbert Jenkins (founded by English writer Herbert George Jenkins) and Barrie & Rockliff (whose managing director was Leopold Ullstein and whose editorial staff included John Bunting and John Pattison).[1] Barrie & Rockcliff was itself, the result of the result of the merger in the 1950s of James Barrie Books, founded in 1947 by James Barrie[2] whose great uncle and godfather had been the playwright J. M. Barrie, and of the Rockliff Publishing Corporation which was "known for its theatre list".[3]

Barrie & Jenkins
Parent companyRandom House
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesBooks

One of their most notable authors of Barrie & Jenkins was P. G. Wodehouse, whose titles came from the Herbert Jenkins portfolio of writers.[4] The Barrie Group eventually comprised Barrie & Rockliff, the Cresset Press, Herbert Jenkins and Hammond & Hammond.[3]

The company had a short commercial history and was taken over by Hutchinson, who were themselves, taken over by Century and then by Random House (now owned by Bertelsmann).

Barrie & Jenkins continues to exist as a specialist imprint mainly for hardback editions within the Random House stable.


  1. Christopher Hurst, The View from King Street: An Essay in Autobiography, London: Thalia Press, 1997, p. 248.
  2. "James Barrie", The Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. Ion Trewin, "Obituary: James Barrie", The Guardian, 24 July 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  4. Leventhal, Lionel. "Tail Piece: A Profession for Gentlemen". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03.

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