We’re a niche illustrated book producer based in Colchester, England. We specialise in creating high-quality titles in the fields of music, art and design and fashion, popular and ‘smart’ 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, and now in its second, revised and expanded, edition. 

In our ‘Art of’ series 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, has been showered with accolades, while the follow-up The Art of Horror Movies, compiled by the same stellar editorial and design team, was winner of the 2018 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award. Also in our bestselling stable is our popular and long-running ‘Combat Missions’ military history series (B-17, B-24P-51 Mustang – and much more).

Recent titles include the peerless The Art of Feminism, no less timely in its sweeping appraisal of feminist art of the last century and a half than it is beautiful to behold. Our ‘space program’ includes Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real and the Imagined by Ron Miller, and the follow-up Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space, both volumes featuring hundreds of 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 . . .