Oneworld Publications

Oneworld Publications
Founded 1986
Founder Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location 10 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3SR
Publication types Books
Number of employees 16
Official website

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.[1] 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, upmarket crime fiction and children's titles.

Among the writers on the Oneworld list are Marlon James, Paul Beatty, Richard Adams, Sean M. Carroll, David McRaney, Jared Diamond, Ivor Crewe, Anthony King, Ilan Pappe, Mary Roach, Adam Frank, Peter Cave, Jean Sasson, William Poundstone, John Hick, Hans Küng, Helen Fisher, Vali Nasr, Richard Foltz, Kevin Bales, Bill McKibben, Keith Ward, Farid Esack, Amina Wadud, John Gribbin, Lise Eliot, Daniel Siegel, Susan Blackmore, Barbara Fredrickson, Chris Geiger, Atticus Lish, Peter Matthiessen, Amit Chaudhuri, Kamel Daoud, Caryl Phillips, Ros Barber, Jane Urquhart, Sun-mi Hwang, Margaret Mazzantini, Amit Majmudar, Yvvette Edwards, Joseph Boyden, and Deborah Kay Davies.[2][3]


Oneworld Publications was founded in 1986 by Novin Doostdar and Juliet Mabey, who had met as students in the 1970s and subsequently married;[4][5] 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".[6][7]

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, and in 2016 with The Sellout by Paul Beatty, who became the first American winner of the prize.[8][9][10][11] A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards, a debut British novelist, was longlisted in 2011 for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, and in 2016 and in 2014 also longlisted was Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies, which was shortlisted for the Encore Award in 2015. Also in 2015, Diane Cook's Man V. Nature was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajaj was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, and The Meursault Investigation — a multi-award winner in France — was longlisted for the FT Emerging Voices Award.

On the non-fiction side, Oneworld titles have received numerous prestigious prizes and nominations. The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize in 2013, 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 McKinsey Business Book of the Year for The Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford and Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Originally set up in Oxford,[12] 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 Publishers Group West in the United States, by Bloomsbury Publishing in Australia, by Pan Macmillan in Europe, India and the Middle East, by Penguin Group in the Far East, 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,[13][14] and announced the 2016 launch of a literary crime list, "Point Blank".[15][16]


  1. "About Us", Oneworld Publications.
  2. Oneworld Publications catalogues
  3. Book review by Janina Safran. International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 39, # 2, May 2007, pp. 304–305. Cambridge University Press.
  4. Alison Flood, "Oneworld: the tiny publisher behind the last two Man Booker winners", The Guardian, 15 November 2016.
  5. Robert Dex, "Meet the husband-and-wife publishing team who backed Booker Prize winner Marlon James", Evening Standard, 14 October 2015.
  6. Juliet Mabey, "Oneworld, One Household: A Husband and Wife and a Life in Publishing", Publishing Perspectives, 8 April 2011.
  7. "Oneworld Publications", Paper Neverland, 1 December 2015.
  8. Alison Flood and Mark Brown, "Man Booker shortlist 2016: tiny Scottish imprint sees off publishing giants", The Guardian, 13 September 2016.
  9. "Sellout Wins 2016 Man Booker Prize". The Man Booker Prize.
  10. Alexandra Alter, "Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’", The New York Times, 25 October 2016.
  11. Tim Masters, "Man Booker Prize: Paul Beatty becomes first US winner for The Sellout", BBC News, 26 October 2016.
  12. Charlotte Williams, "Oneworld Publications expands into London", The Bookseller, 20 January 2011.
  13. Lisa Campbell, "Oneworld moves into YA market with Rock the Boat", The Bookseller, 8 October 2014.
  14. "About", Rock the Boat.
  15. Natasha Onwuemezi, "Oneworld creates new crime imprint Point Blank", The Bookseller, 8 December 2015.
  16. "Point Blank" at Oneworld.
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