Hachette UK acquires Nicholas Brealey Publishing group


Jamie Hodder Williams, chief executive of Hodder and Headline, announced that Hachette UK has acquired the Nicholas Brealey Publishing group, including its US imprints Davies Black and Intercultural Press. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, ‘the world’s smallest publishing multinational’ is based in London and in Boston in the US. The company has an outstanding list of global business books on coaching and leadership, personal development and popular psychology, smart thinking and the ‘big ideas’ in business, alongside a world class travel writing and cross-cultural list.

Nicholas Brealey Publishing will become an imprint within John Murray Publishing. Nick Brealey will continue to manage the lists, reporting to Nick Davies, managing director of John Murray Press. All the staff in the UK company, currently based in Clerkenwell (Ben Slight, sales and marketing manager; Louise Richardson, publishing assistant; Sally Lansdell, managing editor; and Cheryl Zimmerman, Royalties accountant) will move with Nick to join their new colleagues in nearby Carmelite House.

The US staff in Boston (Janet Crockett, head of the Boston Office, Melissa Carl, sales manager and Jen Delaney who is in charge of US production) will move to join their new colleagues at Hachette Book Group in their Boston office. Jamie Hodder Williams said, “Nick Brealey is a brilliant publisher. His areas of specialism – global business, personal and professional development and travel writing are also areas of specialism for Nick Davies’s team at John Murray Press. I am absolutely delighted that Nick has chosen to come to Hachette so that together we can further develop the wonderful business he has created. Hachette has an outstanding international sales team who will expand the reach of Nicholas Brealey Publishing in overseas markets and their lists will enhance John Murray Press’s excellent reputation in the areas of business, development and the very best of adventure and travel writing. Tim Hely Hutchinson always says that we look to acquire companies when the fit is right and in this case, it could not be better.”

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