Recycling chic for Boyars' last launch

<p>Marion Boyars is publishing its final frontlist title, entitled <em>Alchemy Arts: Recycling is Chic</em>, this March. </p><p>The company, which in September announced it was <a href="../news/96432-boyars-sells-titles-to-penguin-as-it-begins-wind-down.html" target="_blank">selling part of its backlist to Penguin Classics,</a> had originally expected to <a href="../news/96600-kilgarriff-blames-boyars-closure-on-discounts.html" target="_blank">cease publishing new titles last year</a>. However, as <em>Alchemy Arts</em> was delivered to Marion Boyars in January,publisher Catheryn Kilgarriff said it would be &quot;the very last one&quot;. </p><p>&quot;I&#39;m not doing a frontlist now, but the backlist is alive and thriving . . . it&#39;s possibly never been better. Nothing transfers to Penguin until July this year, so everything is exactly as it was,&quot; Kilgarriff said. </p><p>Despite the boost to older titles, she said she had not changed her position regarding the overall plans for the business. &quot;The backlist is in itself an incredibly sound business, and Marion Boyars is incredibly strong, but I&#39;m still looking to sell, and I think I will,&quot; said Kilgarriff. </p><p>&quot;Right now with Borders gone, and Waterstone&#39;s trying to work out who they are, I would say it&#39;s even more difficult to sell new titles.&quot;</p><p>She added there had been &quot;loads more&quot; offers on the business, but a deal was still yet to be finalised. </p><p><em>Alchemy Arts </em>will be published as a &pound;11.99 paperback, with colour photographs and illustrations throughout. Written by artist Kate MacKay and costume artist Di Jennings, the title combines &quot;tales of mythical creatures and ancient customs with up-to-date tips for ethical fashion&quot;. The craft book is due out on 25th March. </p>