John Murray Press

Updated at: Feb. 28, 2020, 10:53 a.m.

The John Murray Story 1768 – present

John Murray's heritage is a fascinating story in itself.

For nearly a quarter of a millennium, John Murray has been unashamedly populist, publishing the absorbing, provocative, commercial and exciting. Seven generations of John Murrays fostered genius and found readers in vast numbers, until in 2002 the firm became a division of Hachette, under the umbrella of Hodder & Stoughton.

From selling volumes of Byron to massed crowds from the window of the old Albemarle Street offices (the premises are still owned by the Murray family and used as a venue), to publishing Jane Austen, Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria and making John Betjeman the nation's favourite poet, John Murray has always published great writing for a wide audience.

The Murray tradition continues strongly today. Their current publishing represents quality and populism. They believe in the discovery of new long-lasting authors and inviting readers to share that with them.

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