Oneworld is joining the Independent Alliance in March 2020, with Faber c.e.o. Stephen Page hailing the move as “a thrilling addition” to the organisation.
Set up in 1986 by Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar, Oneworld publishes around 100 titles a year across a host of genres. Its list includes Booker winners Marlon James and Paul Beatty, 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Tayari Jones, Iain Sinclair, Jenni Murray, A C Grayling, Sean M Carroll, Will Dean and Richard Adams.
Doostdar, Oneworld’s publisher, said: “We are very pleased to be joining the dynamic Independent Alliance, which has established itself as a key player representing the very best indie books being published in the UK. Oneworld titles will be in excellent company and we are delighted to be a member of this prestigious club.”
Oneworld's arrival will bring the alliance’s membership up to 16 indies, including Atlantic, Canongate and Profile. The alliance was founded in 2005 in response to a changing market, and represents its members’ titles to the trade. Faber provides the sales force and administrative team, while The Book Service is its distributor.
Page said: “Since its inception the Independent Alliance has sought as its members brilliant independent publishing companies that share a common vision of editorial excellence and originality in their publishing. Oneworld represents this in spades, and is a thrilling addition to our alliance. Juliet and Novin have built a distinctive literary publishing house of visionary taste and publishing elan which will add greatly to our offer. We’re delighted that they will join us.”
Jamie Byng, c.e.o. of Canongate Books, added: “What Juliet and Novin have achieved at Oneworld is extremely impressive and inspiring. They and their outstanding team have created one of the most consistently diverse, exciting and interesting lists in UK publishing and so I could not be happier about them joining the Independent Alliance. We like to think that the Independent Alliance represents the cream of UK independent publishing and presents it to the world. And certainly that belief has grown stronger with the addition of Oneworld to its ranks.”