We’re a niche illustrated book producer based in London, England. We specialise in creating high-quality titles in the fields of music, art and design and fashion, popular culture (including space history and technology), cookery, gift and more. We strive to stand out in all these categories by creating content-rich and beautiful books, and are fortunate to work with some of the leading authors in their fields. The care and attention lavished upon each title has rewarded us with several bestsellers to date – from the critically acclaimed Blues: A Visual History, to Baked! (hailed as a ‘gateway cookbook’) and Cannabis Pharmacy: The Sensible Guide to Medical Marijuana; the latter, written by one of the world’s leading authorities on medical marijuana, California-based Michael Backes and with a foreword by Andrew Weil, is shaping up to be a bestseller in its field . . . joining the list of our other bestselling titles, such as B-17, B-24, and P-51 Mustang in our hugely popular and long-running ‘Combat Missions’ military history series.
Recent titles include The Art of Horror – the first comprehensive illustrated history of fearful images, edited by multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones, and with a foreword by Neil Gaiman, celebrated author of The Sandman comic book series – and which was the recipient of the 2016 Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for Non-Fiction, and Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real and the Imagined by Ron Miller, which features more than 800 photographs and artworks.
And our name? We’re now based on the South Bank, just a few yards away from the River Thames, but we started off in South London near the Elephant and Castle. Nobody seems quite sure how that area got its name, but we liked it – and the name has travelled with us . . .