MUP buys politics books contracted to Bloomsbury

MUP buys politics books contracted to Bloomsbury

Manchester University Press (MUP) has acquired 58 titles in politics and sociology which had been scheduled to appear with Bloomsbury.

Earlier this year, Bloomsbury Academic announced it would no longer be commissioning books in the fields of politics, international relations or sociology as it looked to focus on other areas in the humanities and social sciences.

Politics senior commissioning editor Caroline Wintersgill left the company at the same time, while Bloomsbury said all book projects under contract would continue to receive "full care and attention".

MUP has now hired Wintersgill to oversee the transition of the forthcoming titles to MUP, which is seeking to increase the size of its social science list.

Jonathan Glasspool, m.d. of Bloomsbury Academic & Professional said: "We’re very pleased to have reached an agreement with MUP. The list will find a good home in MUP, which has a high-quality publishing programme in Politics and other Social Sciences – from monographs and edited collections to textbooks for course use. The decision will help us to invest further in core areas of academic publishing, on the back of our best year ever."

Frances Pinter, c.e.o. of Manchester University Press, who previously worked with Wintersgill at Bloomsbury Academic, said: "MUP  is thrilled to take these projects forward. The synergy of the books with our own publishing programme couldn’t be better. We greatly appreciate the editorial care taken by Bloomsbury in developing these projects and look forward to working with these excellent authors. The press has a commitment to marketing its books aggressively and creatively, and its books are distributed around the world."