About Us

About Us

All about Octopus Publishing Group

Octopus is a leading publisher of non-fiction books. We have extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books.

Our imprints each have their own identity and all publish highly successful titles of outstanding quality and content…

Aster, launched with a mission to bring fresh voices to those seeking a more conscious way of life, is the home of books that nourish and inspire. Its growing list of bold and beautiful books for the contemporary wellness audience encompasses narrative and illustrated titles in food, fitness, health, beauty, science, mind body spirit, diet, lifestyle and beyond.

Cassell publishes illustrated non-fiction specialising in popular culture, entertainment, sport and reference titles, and non-illustrated narrative non-fiction, including popular science, business narrative, popular psychology and current affairs.

Conran Octopus was founded by Sir Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn to publish cutting-edge books of the very highest quality in both content and design, and today the core philosophy remains unchanged.

Gaia Books is one of the earliest pioneers of the wellness publishing movement. Its leading range of natural health, mind body spirit, lifestyle and ecology books presents the most rewarding wellbeing traditions and trends from around the world with integrity and accessibility.

Godsfield Press publishes inspirational and authoritative mind body spirit titles covering areas such as spirituality and religion, personal growth and alternative health. It’s best known for the internationally acclaimed Bible series, which has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide.

Hamlyn, was founded by Paul Hamlyn and is one of the most well known names in illustrated publishing producing practical, informative and inspiring books. It approaches all the books it publishes in an accessible and appealing manner.

Ilex publishes beautiful and informative books in media, photography, film and popular culture, with a catalogue featuring some of the most acclaimed and sought after names in the industry.

Kyle produce high-quality cooking, crafts, lifestyle, and gardening titles.  Kyle books have been recognised with awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, as well as the World Gourmand Food Awards.

Miller's range of price guides for antiques and collectables are all you’ll need if you have a passion for antiques and collecting. From furniture to glass, clocks to books, Miller's will help you identify, authenticate and value your favourite antiques whether you’re a collector, dealer or buyer. Miller’s Antiques Price Guide is the 'bible' of the antiques trade and still the world's best-selling antiques reference book.

Mitchell Beazley is a long established family reference publisher producing books on a wide range of subjects including cookery, gardening, reference, natural history as well as leading the way with its award winning wine titles and bestselling antiques books under the Miller brand.

Philip’s is one of Britain's best-known map, atlas and reference book publishers. It publishes many long established market leading titles across road and street atlases, as well as astronomy and reference. Philip’s is now leading the way with innovative new product for a rapidly evolving market.

Pyramid publishes books on a wide range of popular subjects including cookery, reference, mind body spirit and gift. Beyond its new books, Pyramid is known for its titles drawn from the extensive Octopus archive and its custom publishing expertise.

Spruce is known for its innovative design and beautiful books across a range of areas including cookery, biography, mind body spirit and gift books. It has a great reputation for publishing well-defined, distinct series which become backlist classics.

Summersdale is an award-winning, vibrant publisher that swiftly responds to emerging global trends to provide entertaining, informative and innovative content in the genres of gift and humour, travel writing, general non-fiction, and health and wellbeing.

Environmental Policy
Octopus Publishing Group is committed to working with environmental organisations to ensure that our policies and practices not only protect the environment but also improve it wherever practical. Our policy is part of a broader range of social responsibility policies that include a focus on working conditions at our head office, a responsible attitude to our suppliers, equal opportunities and charitable giving.
 
Our view is that care for the environment goes hand in hand with good business practice and we are continually developing and revising a sustainable publishing model to satisfy ever more ambitious aspirations in both these respects.
 
Octopus Publishing Group is part of Hachette UK.  Read more about the Hachette Environmental Policy here.
 
Paper
Octopus aims to ensure that the paper our books are printed on is sourced from sustainably managed forests worldwide.
 
Over 95% our paper is certified by either FSC, the leading national forest management certification association, or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), which provides the framework for the mutual recognition of different national and regional certifications.
 
As part of Hachette UK, Octopus is a founding member of PREPS publishers database for responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing) which helps us research the environmental credentials of a very wide variety of types of papers used in our publications. Our standard is to adopt 3-star rating as a minimum and this applies to over 95% of the books we print.