Three Quarto books recognised by the Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards 2016

January 30, 2017

Three Quarto titles have had success at The Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards 2016 – a new scheme which was introduced earlier this year by Homemaker Magazine. The award ‘aims to honour a variety of wonderful books that have been adored by the creative nation in the past 12 months.’

The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland from Jacqui Small was crowned Winner of the The Best Interiors Book. Judge Wayne Hemingway MBE praised the book: “The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland is a genius idea. It allows you to get inside the homes of the coolest indie interiors retailers, and a lot of inspiration can be found there.”

Another two Quarto books were highly recommended from the judges; in The Best Design Book category– Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi from Frances Lincoln and in the The Best Wildcard Book category – Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, Jacqui Small.

Further award details here:

Three Quarto Books Listed on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

January 24, 2017

Three Quarto Titles have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

We are very proud to have the following three titles selected on the list:

  • Amelia Earhart – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • The Hello Atlas – Wide Eyed Editions

 A preview of the Notable Social Studies list is available on the CBC site. 

 Quarto had four titles selected in the 2016 list. 

Quarto books need your votes in the Stanford's Travel Writing Prize!

January 23, 2017

Stanford’s Travel Books has voyaged with us since 1853 when Edward Stanford established his map-making business in the heart of London at the height of the British Empire. So whether it be sofa travelling, adventure planning, globetrotting, Stanfords has provided the best of books to get us exploring the earth we inhabit.

To discover the best amongst Stanford’s varied genres, The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award was set up in 2013. It aims to find those books that have encouraged “more travellers to put down their selfie-sticks and pick up their notebooks.”
Whether or not you’ve managed to pen your own travel memoirs, you get a say in which one of these inspiring books wins in one of the following categories by voting:

• Specsavers Fiction (with a sense of place)
• Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year
• National Book Tokens Children’s Travel Book of the Year
• Food and Travel magazine Food and Travel Book of the Year
• Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of the Year
• London Book Fair Innovation in Travel Publishing

Quarto has five books up for three categories in this year’s awards. For inspiring a love of travel, exploration and adventure, Atlas of Animal Adventures from Wide Eyed Editions has been nominated for the National Book Tokens Children's Travel Book of the Year category along with Frances Lincoln’s A Year Full of Stories and A Walk on The Wild Side.

Nominated for capturing a sense of the place's identity and culture, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree by Sumayya Usmani from Frances Lincoln is up for Food and Travel Magazine Food & Travel Book of the Year Prize Finally, This Land by Roly Smith & Joe Cornish also Frances Lincoln has been nominated for Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of The Year.

On this year’s sprawling selection of nominations, Tony Maher, MD of Stanfords said “…These disparate shortlists have one unifying feature – they are all marvellous examples of what travel writing and publishing does best, which is to show the reader a world far from our own doorsteps, made reachable by these glorious, powerful and unforgettable books.”

Voting ends 25th of January, help us get our books their deserved prizes and follow the link below to vote:

Quarto Author Peter Dazeley Awarded The British Empire Award

January 19, 2017

Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.

The British Empire Medal is described by as “Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.” And is part of the Queen’s Honours system.

The system recognises people who have, made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

From Dazeley’s success as a photographer he was able to give back to communities by donating his time as a photographer, to a variety of different charities. In his career he has guided and inspired the young through his mentoring in photography and  has also donated his skills to charities in support of their campaigns. Described as ‘the working class gong’ the British Empire Medal prize trophies long term commitment to charities.

Now at the age of 68, Dazeley is still working hard and can look back with great satisfaction at what he has achieved. He will be meeting the Queen later on this year to receive his award. 

Over 15 Quarto books selected by Waterstones for their Christmas list

November 14, 2016

A broad selection of Quarto books have been picked by Waterstones for their Christmas list of Best Books of 2016, including the following titles:

Top Non-Fiction here:

Beautiful Gift Books here:

 Children's Books here:

The Year's Biggest Book Trends:

  • Go Wild - The Stick Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln

Bestselling Humour here:

Eight Quarto Titles Shortlisted for the Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards

September 8, 2016

This year, Homemaker magazine – a print magazine full of creative ideas for the home – has launched the Art & Craft Book Awards, which “will honour a variety of wonderful books that have been adored by the creative nation in the past 12 months.”

Four titles from Jacqui Small have been shortlisted: Upcycling by Max McMurdo; Dream Decor by Will Taylor; The Shopkeeper's Home by Caroline Rowland; and Decorate for a Party by Holly Backer and Leslie Shewring. And four titles from Frances Lincoln have also made the list: Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi; The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley; Little Collectors: Nature Art by Jenny Bowers; and Pattern Play by Nghiem Ta and Danielle Kroll.

The winners will be voted for by a judging panel and the magazine’s readers.

This year’s judges will be: Chalk paint expert, Annie Sloan; fashion designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE; Great British Sewing Bee Contestant, Jenniffer Taylor; head designer at Liberty Fabrics, Polly Mason and Homemaker editor, Rosie Savage.

Four Quarto Titles Among Finalists for 2016 British Book Design and Production Awards

August 9, 2016

The BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association are delighted to announce the shortlist for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016. The awards promote and acknowledge innovative book design and expert craftsmanship.

Among the titles on the shortlist are Concrete Concept and Sally Clarke: 30 Ingredients, published by Frances Lincoln; Outside, published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and Jellyfish: A Natural History, published by Ivy Press.

A panel of 5 judges, selected from the areas of design, publishing, production and retail gathered for two days at Oxford Brookes University, where they went through a gruelling selection process in order to reach the shortlist decision. From a staggering 575 high quality entries, 82 books rose to the top to make it on to the shortlist for 2016.

The winners of each category will be announced on Thursday 10 November at a stunning ceremony at the prestigious Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

See the entire list of nominated titles at

The Quarto Group Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Structure

July 25, 2016

LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group:

Ken Fund, currently President & CEO, Quarto Publishing Group USA, will become Chief Operating Officer of The Quarto Group.

In this new global role, Ken will lead the company’s commercial management. In addition to leading global Publishing Operations and global IT infrastructure and systems, Ken will now lead the Sales teams and be tasked with exploring new distribution channels and markets.

Ken has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and has been a successful, trusted and respected leader of Quarto for over 15 years. Prior to joining Quarto, Ken held several leadership positions at Dino DeLaurentiis Productions, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins San Francisco. Ken is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

David Breuer, currently Director, Quarto International Co-editions Group, will become Chief Creative Officer of The Quarto Group.
In this new global role, David will lead the creative management of the business.

David joined Quarto in 2011. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked for the art publishers Phaidon Press and with André Deutsch. He was Managing Director of the art publishers and bookshop chain Zwemmer, Commercial Director for the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums of Brighton, and was for 15 years the Chief Executive of Royal Academy Enterprises organizing the business activities of London's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also the founder of Iqon Editions.

David Inman, currently Managing Director, Quarto Publishing Group UK will become Managing Director, Quarto Partners.

In this newly created role, David will manage our new entrepreneurial business, Quarto Partners. He will have ownership of Quarto’s distribution services across the US and the UK, with an objective to develop further distribution and partnership agreements. He will also manage Quarto’s international joint ventures and look for opportunities for growth around the world, in both English and foreign language. 

David first joined Quarto as Sales and Marketing Director in 2009 before returning as Managing Director of Quarto Publishing Group UK in 2013, following a period with Templar Publishing. A graduate of Cambridge University, David began his career with Macmillan Publishers. In 1990, he co-founded TV tie-in publisher Boxtree which grew from a start-up company to an £8 million business, prior to its later acquisition by Macmillan. He then held several senior management positions with Hachette Illustrated in Paris and Octopus Publishing.

Quarto Foreign Rights, People and Communications will continue to report to CEO Marcus Leaver.

Marcus E. Leaver, CEO of The Quarto Group, commented: "Ken, David and David have been trusted senior leaders of Quarto for many years and I have every faith in them to make these new roles a success. These changes all support the next chapter of Quarto’s story, which we will fully unveil later this year.


For Further Information
Dorothée de Montgolfier
Group Director of Communications
020 7700 9002

About The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated non-fiction book publisher and distribution group, whose mission is to make and sell great books that entertain, educate and enrich the lives of adults and children around the world.

Quarto creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest.

Quarto sells books across 45 countries and in 35 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

Quarto employs over 400 talented people in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The group was founded in London in 1976. It is domiciled in the US and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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Two Quarto UK Titles Nominated for Food & Drink Awards

April 12, 2016

The Book of Tea (Jacqui Small) and Good Things to Drink with Mr. Lyan and Friends (Frances Lincoln) have been shortlisted for the 2016 Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink book awards.

The Book of Tea has been nominated in the Drink Book category, while Good Things to Drink with Mr. Lyan and Friends received its nomination for Debut Drink Book. Winners will be announced May 12.

Now in their fourth year, the annual Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards celebrate the best writing, publishing and broadcasting on the subjects of food and drink. There are 14 categories and an independent panel of professional judges, led by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, selects the winners from work published or broadcast during 2015.

The winner in each category receives a unique trophy, an iconic Fortnum & Mason hamper and a bottle of Fortnum & Mason Vintage Champagne.

Quarto UK Titles Nominated for 2016 Annual Green Earth Book Awards

February 5, 2016
One Frances Lincoln and two Frances Lincoln Children's Books titles have been named to the Qualifying List for the 2016 Annual Green Earth Book Awards.

Nominated titles are The Great Big Green Book and All the Wild Wonders: Poems of the Earth , from Frances Lincoln Children's Boos, and The Beach Book: loads to do at lakes, rivers and the seaside , from Frances Lincoln.

The Nature Generation, an environmental education nonprofit, announced the list. The Green Earth Book Award honors authors whose books best convey the environmental stewardship message to children and young adults and inspire them to respect their natural world.

The "shortlist" will be announced in March 2016, and the winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.