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In 1768 John McMurray was looking for a business opportunity. Confident that ‘total blockheads in the trade’ were making fortunes, he invested £700 of his wife’s money in publishing. A convivial hustler, Murray’s Fleet Street shop soon became a hub of literary life.
Following the success of Byron’s Childe Harold, John Murray moved to Albemarle Street where, a few years later, early cantos of Byron’s Don Juan were sold from the window to an eager crowd. Anticipating the needs and desires of the reading public, John Murray were the first publisher to produce a mass-market cookery book as well the first self-help title, the first travel guides and, in Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, the first television tie-in.
Though much has changed since John Murray published Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Jane Austen’s Emma, Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, John Betjeman’s Collected Poems, and launched ‘the greatest travel book of the twentieth century’, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts, we remain entrepreneurial, curious and excited about discovering and nurturing new voices that can shape and shake our world.
Literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, science, history, biography, memoir, travel and nature writing that is entertaining, absorbing, surprising and prize-winning.