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Profile Books Takes Over Tindal Street Press Publishing

Posted at 4:22PM Monday 29 Oct 2012

Profile Books has acquired the publishing of the prize-winning independent, Tindal Street Press.

From 1 November the Birmingham-based independent's backlist and frontlist titles will form a Tindal Street imprint within Profile Books, overseen by Serpent's Tail publisher Hannah Westland.

Tindal Street Press Director Alan Mahar says: 'We're proud of what we've achieved during Tindal Street Press's fourteen years of independent publishing in Birmingham. We found new English writers and published them with conviction and flair, earning prize-listings for the Man Booker, Orange and Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, a British Book Award and two Costa Prize winners. We built the Tindal Street name outside of London, with a tiny dedicated and talented publishing team and a voluntary board. We had a close connection with our authors, an independent ethos and a vision for our English regional list, in all of which we were supported by the Arts Council England.

'It is genuinely a great comfort that Profile and Serpent's Tail will be continuing our list and legacy in this takeover. They are great publishers, independent and successful, and have much in common with our publishing approach. I have no doubt Andrew Franklin and Hannah Westland will do extremely well by our authors; the Tindal Street imprint lives on in London.'

Serpent's Tail Publisher Hannah Westland says: 'We should all be grateful to Tindal Street Press for the way they have passionately published superb fiction from all over the UK and beyond over the years. I have always admired their list and the exceptionally high standards of editorial care, good design and clever publicity that they have applied to the books they publish. Serpent's Tail has always been committed to publishing unexpected and unusual voices from all over the world, so Tindal Street joining us feels like a perfect fit. I am incredibly proud to be leading our combined lists which together offer a range of books whose diversity and originality I believe is unrivalled in UK publishing.'

Profile Books MD Andrew Franklin says, 'It's always sad to see the end of an independent publisher but we're very pleased that Tindal Street's publishing programme will be finding a home at Profile. Tindal Street have always punched way above their weight and we will make sure they continue to do so. Profile and Tindal Street Press share the same ideals for independent publishing and we greatly look forward to working with Luke Brown and the Tindal Street authors.'

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