Canongate was founded in 1973, and was taken over by current CEO Jamie Byng in 1994 following a management buyout. It has since emerged as one of the most dynamic publishing houses in Britain. With a distinctly international outlook, Canongate Books continues to nurture and publish new talent from around the world, whilst retaining the essence of the Scottish Canon. The company is one of the founding members of the Independent Alliance, a global alliance of eleven UK publishers and their international partners who share a common vision of editorial excellence, original, diverse publishing, innovation in marketing and commercial success.
Recent successes include Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, James Rhodes’ Instrumental, Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and Miranda July’s The First Bad Man. Autumn 2015 sees highlights such as The Truth by Neil Strauss, Gilliamesque by Terry Gilliam, The Brain by David Eagleman, Fear of Dying by Erica Jong and Beatlebone by Kevin Barry.