Mind-body-spirit publisher Aeon Books is relaunching this spring with a new imprint, Sphinx, which will publish literary fiction and memoir.
Aeon, which has operated for many years as an imprint of Karnac Books, became independent after the sale of Karnac to Taylor & Francis last year.
Proprietor Oliver Rathbone, who sold Karnac in October after 10 years at the helm of the company, retained Aeon and is keen to widen its reach beyond the mind-body-spirit market.
"Aeon has been a quiet success story for years, and I’m very excited to be able to turn my full attention to it," he said. "This spring we are publishing a new edition of Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, which has been one of our bestsellers."
He added he was "thrilled" to be launching Sphinx, which will see the company publish a number of new novels and memoirs in 2018, including Into the Woods and Out Again, an "inspiring" first-person narrative of a breakdown and the renewal that followed.
Aeon will also be publishing a new series of books about herbal and complementary medicine, starting from September, which Rathbone says will fill a "much-needed niche in the market as these subjects gain a greater prominence".
Across its two strands the company expects to publish around 30 titles over the next year.
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