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Chatto & Windus publishes a diverse range of authors including A.S. Byatt, Toni Morrison and Edmund de Waal

A brief history of Chatto & Windus

The oldest continuous imprint at Penguin Random House UK, Chatto can trace its origins back to 1855 and the bookseller-publisher John Camden Hotten. On Hotten’s death, his employee Andrew Chatto acquired the business with a sleeping partner, W.E. Windus. In 1917 the Hogarth Press was founded by Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and in 1946 this too came under Chatto’s management. The firm published many celebrated authors – Robert Louis Stevenson, Marcel Proust, Laurie Lee, Christopher Isherwood, Aldous Huxley, Sigmund Freud and Iris Murdoch among them. Cecil Day-Lewis, Poet Laureate, was editorial director in the 1960s. In 1969 Chatto joined forces with Jonathan Cape, and both imprints were acquired by Random House in 1987. In 1997 Sinclair Stevenson merged with Chatto & Windus.

Chatto has continued its long tradition of publishing outstanding literary fiction and contemporary international writers as well as the best literary biography, memoir, history, cultural comment and poetry.

Today, Chatto’s novelists include A.S. Byatt, Richard Flanagan, Susan Hill, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Irene Némirovsky, Amos Oz, Rose Tremain and Anne Tyler, who has been published by Chatto for over 50 years. Among the new generation of prize-winning novelists and poets are Liz Berry, NoViolet Bulawayo, Xiaolu Guo, Sadie Jones, Helen Mort, Neel Mukherjee and Francesca Segal.

Chatto’s non-fiction list features such eminent names as Peter Ackroyd, Tim Butcher, Nick Davies, Hermione Lee, Colin Thubron, Richard Mabey, Andrew Solomon and Marina Warner. More recent arrivals include Sarah Bakewell, Stephen Grosz and Edmund de Waal. Chatto is also proud to publish bestselling cookery writer Nigella Lawson.

In 2011, the Hogarth imprint was revived as a transatlantic venture with the Crown division at Random House Inc.


Books published by Chatto & Windus include:

The Sea, The Sea book cover by John Burnside

Iris Murdoch

The Sea, The Sea

Beloved Book cover by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison


Possession Book Cover by A.S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt


A Tale of Love and Darkness Book Cover by Amos Oz

Amos Oz

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Runaway Book cover by Alice Munro

Alice Munro


The Road Home Book cover by Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain

The Road Home

A Spool of Blue Thread book cover by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread

Suite Française Book Cover by Irène Némirovsky

Irène Némirovsky

Suite Française

The Narrow Road Book Cover by Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road

London Book Cover by  Peter Ackroyd

 Peter Ackroyd



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