Canongate Books

Canongate Books

Canongate Books (often simply Canongate) is a Scottish independent publishing firm based in Edinburgh; it is named for the Canongate area of the city.

It was originally a speciality press focusing on Scottish-interest books, generally with small print runs; its most major author was Alasdair Gray. In 1994 it was bought out by employee Jamie Byng, using funds provided by his stepfather Christopher Bland, and began to publish more general works, including the highly successful "Pocket Canons" editions of books of the Bible, as well as the "Payback Press" and "Rebel Inc." imprints. [ [ Canongate Books - The mane man] , Catherine Deveney, "The Scotsman", 24th October 2005] [ [,2106,3726352a4501,00.html Bada Byng, bada boom] , Iain Sharp,, 9th July 2006]

Among its most notable recent publications is "Life of Pi", the first Scottish-published book to win the Booker Prize or to sell a million copies in its first year, [ [ Life Of Pi hits one million sales as Spielberg eyes movie chance] , Liam McDougall, "Sunday Herald", 10th August 2003] and the Canongate Myth Series of novellas, in which contemporary authors reimagine ancient myths from a variety of cultures.


ee also

* Scottish Publishers Association

External links

* [ Canongate Books website]
* [ The "Branching-Out Guide to Independent Presses]

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