Bonnier Books UK acquires Black & White Publishing
28 July 2021
Bonnier Books UK has acquired
independent Scottish publisher, Black
& White Publishing, as part of its long-term
strategy for growth. The transaction completed on 22 July 2021 and
will see Bonnier Books UK further expand its footprint in the UK
Black & White Publishing will run as a standalone imprint of
Bonnier Books UK, and continue to be led by Managing Director,
Campbell Brown, and Publishing Director, Alison McBride. The team
will remain based from Black & White's offices in Edinburgh,
with Brown reporting into Bonnier Books UK CEO, Perminder Mann.
Founded in 1999, Black & White is one of Scotland's leading
book publishers and had an annual turnover of £1.8m in 2020/2021.
With a focus on Scottish and Irish interest publishing, Black &
White publishes 30-40 books a year across biography, sport, humour,
general non-fiction, fiction, YA and children's. Authors include
one- of-a-kind rugby great Doddie Weir, international YA star
Estelle Maskame, MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 champion Gary
Maclean and Great British Bake Off 2020 winner Peter Sawkins.
Recent titles published by Black & White include the
heart-warming bestseller Olive, Mabel & Me by Andrew
Cotter; When the World Stops Watching by award-winning
sports writer and broadcaster Damian Lawlor; poetry collection
Burns for Every Day of the Year curated by Dr. Pauline
Mackay and The Glasgow Gruffalo's Wean, a new edition of
Julia Donaldson and Axel Schleffer's classic, The Gruffalo's
Child, translated into Glaswegian by Elaine C. Smith.
The publisher also runs the award-winning Itchy Coo list, which
publishes books in Scots for children. Itchy Coo has published
translations into Scots of authors including Raymond Briggs, Roald
Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Jeff Kinney and J.K. Rowling.
Perminder Mann said: "I'm thrilled that
Campbell and the team at Black & White will be joining the team
at Bonnier. Their publishing is perfectly aligned with our long-
term strategy for growth. We share a passion for publishing for
everyone and see an exciting opportunity to invest and grow Black
& White, whilst ensuring they continue to have the creative
freedom that will allow their lists to flourish. Following the
announcement of our wonderful new trade office in Bloomsbury, we're
also looking forward to having a new base in Scotland in the
beautiful capital city of Edinburgh."
Campbell Brown said: "We're absolutely
delighted that Black & White is joining the Bonnier family.
After one of our best ever years, Alison and I are very much
looking forward to working with Perminder and her fantastic team.
They've built a reputation as a dynamic, forward-thinking
publishing business and their lists have gone from strength to
strength in recent years. Together, we'll be building on our strong
recent successes and are excited about the future. With some
brilliant new books planned for the rest of this year and beyond,
this new chapter will be hugely beneficial for Black & White,
for our team and, most importantly, for our current and future
Bonnier Books UK press release 27 July