About us

Founded in 1898, Gerald Duckworth & Co. is Britain’s oldest active independent trade publisher. Its wide-ranging list has included Henry James, John Galsworthy, August Strindberg, L. Frank Baum, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, D. H. Lawrence, Hilaire Belloc, Anthony Powell, Heath Robinson and Beryl Bainbridge, as well as a highly regarded academic division which was acquired by Bloomsbury in 2010.

Owned by Peter Mayer for more than a decade and sold to the trade by Bloomsbury, we are continuing this tradition by publishing a broad range of high-quality writing from our Shoreditch office. Our list encompasses non-fiction by George Steiner, Ray Kurzweil, Milton Glaser, John Sutherland and Nigel Lawson; literary fiction by John Spurling (whose The Ten Thousand Things won the Sir Walter Scott Prize), Iain Hollingshead, Peter Bradshaw, Raja Alem and Jonathan Levi; horrors and thrillers including Max Brooks’s World War Z, Tarn Richardson’s The Darkest Hand trilogy, J. J. Connolly’s Layer Cake and James MacManus’s Midnight in Berlin; and children’s books including Walter R. Brooks’s much-loved classic Freddy the Pig series, David Grossman’s The Hug and Per Olov Enquist’s Grandfather and the Wolves. Among our recent successes are John Hands’s Cosmosapiens (a TLS and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year), Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head, Matthew Qvortrup’s Angela Merkel and Darryl W. Bullock’s Florence Foster Jenkins.

Our Ardis imprint is dedicated to English translations of Russian literature, from Pushkin and Dostoyevsky to Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Bulgakov, Daniil Kharms, Osip Mandelstam and Gaito Gazdanov.

Duckworth is associated with The Overlook Press in New York.


Work Experience

Duckworth offers a two-week, full-time paid internship for those who have a serious interest in publishing and are passionate about good books. Candidates will ideally

  • have an excellent command of spoken and written English
  • be computer-literate and fluent in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel
  • be confident in using the internet and social media channels
  • be well-organised, attentive to detail and able to work both independently and as part of a team

In return, we will give you a valuable insight into all aspects of independent trade publishing, including editorial, publicity, sales, marketing and production.

Our current round for internships is closed, and the deadline for the next round will be posted here in due course. To apply, please email your covering letter and CV to info@duckworth-publishers.co.uk, letting us know your available dates.