Freight Books takes over Cargo Publishing
11 September 2015
Publisher Freight Books has acquired its
fellow Glasgow-based independent publisher Cargo
The deal was completed on 4 September with authors informed the
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
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biggest cash prize in the UK for an unpublished novel.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.