Michael Joseph

The leading commercial fiction and non-fiction imprint of Penguin Books, Michael Joseph is home to some of the world’s most popular authors.

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Michael Joseph specialises in women’s fiction, crime, thrillers, cookery, memoirs and lifestyle books. Many of our authors are now, or soon will be, household names in the UK and around the world. We publish the very best authors in each field and bring their books to the widest possible audience. We take each author’s vision and turn it into a beautiful, desirable book for everyone to talk about.

General Fiction

Michael Joseph’s women’s fiction list is second to none. We publish established brand novelists like Marian Keyes or Jojo Moyes and we sign up and launch debut novelists, bringing our authors to the many readers they deserve. If you’re interested in historical, adventure, action or psychological thriller fiction, we have some of the finest novelists writing today. These are writers that readers come back to every year because, without fail, they tell entertaining, thrilling and, above all, enjoyable stories every single time.

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Jojo Moyes

Photo of comedian and Michael Joseph author Dawn French

Dawn French 

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Lesley Pearse

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Sylvia Day

Photo of Michael Joseph author Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion

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Giovanna Fletcher

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Jane Shemilt 

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Sue Townsend 

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Jane Fallon

Photo of Michael Joseph author Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty

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Catherine Alliott

Photo of Michael Joseph author Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden

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Elizabeth Fremantle

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Tom Clancy

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Clive Cussler

Crime Fiction

Penguin has always been noted for its excellent crime fiction, and Michael Joseph has assembled a new roster of authors who have been making themselves at home on the bestseller lists. With our great connections to bloggers as well as our regular visits to crime festivals alongside our writers, we have a genuinely supportive community of authors – our very own murder club.

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Nicci French 

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M.J. Arlidge

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Tim Weaver

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James Oswald

Non-fiction Cookery

Whether it is the country’s bestselling cookery writer – Jamie Oliver – or a debut from the brightest and freshest young chefs working on the latest foodie pop-up, our list covers everything from scrumptious treats to healthy eating, from how to cater for events to how to eat well on just a few pennies per meal.

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Jamie Oliver

Photo of chef and Michael Joseph author Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo

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Jack Monroe

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Groundnut

Amelia Freer

Non-fiction Memoir

It could be a tale that no-one has heard before or it could be the secrets behind the success of the already famous – either way, we aim to make our authors’ memoirs, well, memorable. We work only with people who’ve got a real story to tell and we turn those stories into irresistible reads. We also get our authors out on the road, hosting events up and down the country, where they can meet their legions of fans, old and new.

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Sue Perkins

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Tom Jones

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Stephen Fry

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Jeremy Clarkson

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Michael McIntyre

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Steven Gerrard

Non-fiction Lifestyle

When it comes to books to help you feel energised and revitalised, look no further than the fabulous talent on the Michael Joseph list. Health and well-being is a core specialist area, and our range of publishing is extensive. So, from exercise and style advice to mindfulness and well-being, you’re only a few pages away from a healthier, happier you.

Photo of Michael Joseph author Tanya Burr

Tanya Burr

Photo of Michael Joseph author Lucy Mecklenburgh

Lucy Mecklenburgh

News from Michael Joseph Publishing

  • Michael Joseph announce 20th cookbook with Jamie Oliver

    22-03-2017
    Michael Joseph is absolutely delighted to announce a new cookbook from Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s Quick & Easy 5-Ingredient Food will be publishing this autumn and will tie in with an 8-part prime time TV series on Channel 4 of the same name.
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  • The launch of the first permanent exhibition of Ladybird Books artwork at The University of Reading

    28-02-2017
    The first and only permanent exhibition of Ladybird Books artwork launched last week at the University of Reading. The gallery, located within the University’s newly-refurbished Museum of Rural English Life (MERL), draws upon an archive of more than 20,000 illustrations.
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  • Adrian Mole given own poetry imprint 'Mole Press' to celebrate landmark birthday

    27-02-2017
    Having first been introduced to Adrian Mole at the tender and angst filled age of 13 ¾, on the 2nd April this year the much-loved creation of Sue Townsend will be celebrating his 50th birthday.
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Catalogues

  • Penguin Michael Joseph Spring 2017

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