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Random House UK timeline

1855 Chatto & Windus is founded by bookseller-publisher John Camden Hotten. On Hotten’s death, Andrew Chatto, who had worked there since he was 15, acquires the business with a sleeping partner, W.E. Windus.
1887 Hutchinson and The Bodley Head are founded.
1890 William Heinemann is founded and publishes its first book - The Bondman by Hall Caine.
1901  The first English translation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (by Constance Garnett) is published in the UK by William Heinemann. 
1917 Hogarth Press is founded by Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and moves under the Chatto umbrella in 1945.
1921 Jonathan Cape founded.
1945 Animal Farm first published by Secker & Warburg.
1960 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee first published in the UK by William Heinemann. 
1963 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath first published by William Heinemann under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas.
1969 Chatto & Windus joins forces with Jonathan Cape then adds The Bodley Head and later Virago Press to the group. 
1981 Century Publishing is founded by Baroness Gail Rebuck, who is now Chair of Penguin Random House UK.
1985 Century Publishing and Hutchinson merge.
1985  Riders by Jilly Cooper is published by Transworld. The original draft was written in 1970, but Jilly left it on a London bus and, despite an appeal by the Evening Standard, it was never found. It took Jilly more than a decade to start rewriting the novel. 
1987 Random House Inc., a US-based publisher established in 1923, acquires CVBC (Chatto, Virago, The Bodley Head and Jonathan Cape).
1988 Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is published in hardback by Viking and then in paperback by Vintage, leading to the Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa against Rushdie. 
1989 Random House Inc. acquires Century Hutchinson Ltd.
1990  Launch of Vintage, initially created to publish paperback editions. 
1991 Random House UK formed. 
1997 Random House UK acquires Secker & Warburg and William Heinemann from Reed.
1998 Random House UK is acquired by Bertelsmann and merges with Bertelsmann’s UK operation Transworld Publishers to create the Random House Group Ltd.
1998 Launch of the literary sports imprint The Yellow Jersey Press.
1999 J.M. Coetzee wins the Booker Prize for Disgrace for the second time - a feat only matched by two other authors: Peter Carey and Hilary Mantel.
2000 Good to Great by Jim Collins published by Random House Books. Included in Time magazine’s 25 most influential business management books of all time, it has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.
2001 Transworld and Random House Children’s divisions merge to create Random House Children’s Books - one of the top five children’s publishers in the UK.
2003 Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is first published. It becomes one of the biggest-selling novels of all time, until its record is broken by the debut novel of fellow Random House author E.L. James.
2006 The Random House Group acquires a majority shareholding in BBC Books - a publishing imprint of Ebury.
2007  Random House acquires Virgin Books.
2008 Random House publishes its first ebooks (428 in total).
2010 Tony Blair’s A Journey published, selling a record of 27 foreign rights deals. It remains the fastest-selling political book since records began.
2012 E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey is published and causes the UK to run out of the silver ink featured on its cover. To date, more than 125 million copies have been sold worldwide.
2013 Random House Children’s author Malorie Blackman becomes the eighth Children’s Laureate in the UK.