Independent & family-run

From our book-strewn desks in the Herefordshire countryside, we craft powerful stories into beautiful books.

Orphans first began publishing over 140 years ago. Its founder, Victorian philanthropist Henry Stanley Newman, published tracts and tales of his expeditions around the world. But, by WW1, publishing had ceased.

Orphans has remained a family-run printing press and, in the last decades, has evolved into an innovative design and web agency. But, in 2015, book-lover and co-owner, Helen, decided it was time to revive our publishing heritage.

Our first books, printed on our very own presses, have received rave reviews - in the Guardian, Daily Mail, Huffington Post and BBC radio - and have been the feature of Waterstones window displays across London and Liverpool. Watch this space for our next adventure...

Our team: 

MD, Helen Bowden, has been head of Orphans with her husband for twenty years and has grown it into the thriving creative and tech hub it is today. Publisher, Emma, switched life in the big smoke at one of the world’s leading publishing houses for OP and the rolling countryside in 2016. Designers Amy and Adam both arrived from Falmouth Uni, bringing never-ending creativity and originality with them. Duncan and his team of printers have, some of them, worked here for over thirty years, and practice the true art of printing.

What is your favourite childhood book?

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

Which author are you most inspired by?

Emma: 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.

Which book will you always come back to?

Adam: 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?

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

19th and 20th Century Orphans