Quercus (publisher)

Quercus was an independent publishing house based in London. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Smith and Wayne Davies, and was acquired by Hodder & Stoughton in 2014.[1]

Quercus Publishing
Parent companyHodder & Stoughton
FounderMark Smith and Wayne Davies
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsMacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books, riverrun
Official websitewww.quercusbooks.co.uk

Quercus is known for its lists in crime (e.g., Elly Griffiths, Philip Kerr, Peter May, Peter Temple), its MacLehose Press imprint (headed by Christopher MacLehose),[2] which publishes translated (often prize-winning) works by authors such as Philippe Claudel, Stieg Larsson,[3] and Valerio Varesi, its literary fiction titles (e.g., Kimberley Freeman, Prajwal Parajuly) and its Jo Fletcher Books imprint, which publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror.


Smith and Davies had previously worked together at the Orion Publishing Group.

In 2011, Quercus received the Bonnier Publishing Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards in London.[4]

American imprint SilverOak was co-owned with Sterling Publishing.[5] In March 2016, Quercus launched fiction and non-fiction imprint riverrun.[6]


  1. Shaffi, Sarah (25 March 2014). "Hodder buys Quercus". The Bookseller.
  2. Gardner, Anthony (2010). "Christopher MacLehose — The champion of translated fiction who struck it rich with Stieg Larsson (interview)". anthonygardner.co.uk.
  3. Clark, Nick (6 August 2010). "The publishing house that Stieg Larsson built". The Independent.
  4. Campbell, Lisa (17 May 2011). "Quercus publisher of the year at The Bookseller Industry Awards". The Bookseller.
  5. Jones, Philip (3 March 2010). "Indie publishers put books on Bloomsbury's digital library shelf". The Bookseller. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  6. "Quercus launches new 'upmarket' imprint: Riverrun". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
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