We're proud to be an independent publisher

Publishing is a true craft. As an independent, family-run publisher, we believe in creating every element of a book ourselves. From moulding and shaping a story into something our readers will love, to designing a beautiful dust jacket and printing the book on our own printing presses.

Orphans first started publishing books in 1873. Its founder, Henry Stanley Newman, published journals of his travels round the world. In the 140 years since, the business has evolved into a creative web agency, but our printing presses are still churning and, in 2015, we decided to revive our publishing heritage...

Our publishing team is small but dynamic: Helen (Managing Director) has been head of an incredibly successful design, web and print agency (Orphans Press) for eighteen years; Emma (Publisher) brings a wealth of expertise from her previous role at Hachette; Adam (Head of Design) is full of creativity and originality and joined from a FTSE Top 100 company; Duncan (Production Manager) has been ensuring that every book we print meets his exacting standards for fifteen years.

Your favourite childhood book?

It has to be the Famous Five series - camping, ginger beer and mischief galore.

Author that you’re most inspired by?

So many, but Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, made a huge impression on me when I worked on her books - truly inspiring not only as a writer, but also as a speaker and a feminist.

The book that you’ll always come back to?

Lord of the Rings. It was one of the first epic novels I read - Tolkien has an incredible ability to draw you into his world.

What are you currently reading?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. It’s very dark but absolutely gripping.

A rich heritage that’s stood the test of time