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19 April 2019

Freight Books takes over Cargo Publishing

11 September 2015

Publisher Freight Books has acquired its fellow Glasgow-based independent publisher Cargo Publishing.

The deal was completed on 4 September with authors informed the following week.

Gill Tasker and Helen Sedgwick, the directors of Cargo, will work for Freight on a consultancy basis and will join the editorial board of Freight alongside its publisher Adrian Searle and editorial director Rodge Glass.

Adrian Searle said: "Freight is ambitious and has been looking for opportunities for growth. The acquisition of Cargo makes total sense, in terms of proximity and synergy. Cargo has an excellent list and a similar outlook. We look forward to welcoming its authors to Freight. We're also delighted to be able to make use of Helen Sedgwick's and Gill Tasker's considerable editorial skills."

Gill Tasker said: "We're delighted to be joining the outstanding team at Freight Books. Having worked and socialised together over the years we know that Freight's ethos and vision is the perfect fit for Cargo, and we are looking forward to a bright future, filled with beautiful and inspiring books."

Helen Sedgwick is also an author and her debut novel The Comet Seekers will be published in 2016 by Harvill Secker.

Freight Books is focused on publishing high quality fiction for an English speaking readership. It is committed to publishing work by established writers, brilliant debuts, short story collections, forgotten classics, occasional novels-in-translation and, from time to time, poetry collections. It also publishes high quality non-fiction works including Look Up Glasgow and Look Up Edinburgh.

Cargo was founded in 2009. Authors include comedian Robert Newman, novelists Nicholas Hogg and Tony Black, and political commentator Iain Macwhirter. It also collaborated with the likes of McSweeney's and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and published the Dundee International Book Prize, the biggest cash prize in the UK for an unpublished novel.

For more on this, see Jody Harrison's article in The Herald 11 September 2015: Publisher looks to grow after takeover and The Bookseller 11 September 2015.