Project archive: Non-fiction

1001 Series Facebook Quizzes

A set of four Facebook applications for Octopus Publishing Group’s 1001 Series. The apps are all powered by a WordPress CMS, allowing the client to quickly and easily refresh the range of possible answers and providing a solid foundation for the rapid roll-out of more quizzes in future.

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A Good Disruption

Campaign microsite for a book about redefining growth in the twenty-first century.

“Disruptive technology is one of the defining economic trends of our age with companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Apple dramatically transforming their industries. But what is the true impact of such disruption on the world’s economies, and does it have the potential to solve global problems such as low growth, inequality and environmental degradation? Why not seize this opportunity and make it a good disruption?”

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Academie du Vin Library

The Académie du Vin Library was founded by Steven Spurrier and friends, dedicated to publishing the finest wine writing of the past, the present and the future. We have created a new e-commerce site with a streamlined stucture that puts the beautiful books at the heart of the user experience.

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Academy of New Zealand Literature

The Academy of New Zealand Literature / Te Whare Mātātuhi o Aotearoa is a writer-led initiative developed to help New Zealand’s active practitioners sustain themselves – creatively, intellectually, psychically, practically – through a writer’s life.

Bookswarm developed the brand identity for the Academy and applied it to new website that was designed to present a contemporary picture of the New Zealand literary scene.

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WordPress-based site to celebrate all things Liff, to co-incide with the release of Afterliff, the brilliant successor to Douglas Adams’ and John Lloyd’s 1983 classic The Meaning of Liff, which features over 900 essential new definitions.

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Alex Seymour

Author website for ex-Royal Marine Alex Seymour, whose book Psychedelic Marine recounts his experiences of conflict and his quest for the hallucinogenic brew known as ayahuasca to help him recover from the horrors of war.

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Alma Books

Established in 2002, Alma Books now has five imprints, and we have created a single new e-commerce website which encompasses all of the imprints.

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Atlantic Books

Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house founded in 2000.  Based in the heart of Bloomsbury, they publish quality literary fiction and non fiction.  Atlantic are also the home of commercial imprint Corvus, and proud publishers of a selection of books from Grove Atlantic in the US as well as a home to a growing list of fine fiction and non-fiction from Allen & Unwin.

We designed and built Atlantic’s new site to be updated with a feed from their Biblio system, and put their four imprints at the heart of the structure – so each imprint has its own ‘home page’ within the site.

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Barbican Press

The Barbican Press list holds poetry, drama, writing for children, and compelling nonfiction too, including vivid tales of maritime communities.

The publisher is the writer Martin Goodman. He knew what sort of publisher he would like to find for his own work, and so created it for others. The Press was born in Plymouth – hence the name ‘Barbican Press’ for the Barbican in that city, and a sense that a Barbican is a strong and protective space in which writers with a fighting spirit can take shelter.

Barbican Press were already using WordPress, but we worked with them to create a completely new look-and-feel and content structure, including the ‘Where in the world?’ map, which plots the key settings of all of their books.

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Batsford Books

A website for newly-independent Batsford, which has been part of other publishing companies for more than 20 years, derived from the website of Pavilion, from which Batsford is being ‘spun out’.

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Belgravia Books Collective

A new web presences for two linked brands, under the banner of the Belgravia Books Collective:

  • Gallic Books (publisher)
  • Belgravia Books (bookshop)

This e-commerce website replaces two older websites, and allows the the client’s team to manage everything within one WordPress website.

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Ben Wales

Website for Ben Wales, Masters level coach, facilitator and author specialising in leadership and high performance of growth companies between £5m and £100m turnover. Ben is the author of the forthcoming book Is This A Question?

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Bonnier Rights

Bonnier Rights sells foreign rights to fiction, illustrated and narrative non-fiction, and children’s books from the Swedish Bonnier Publishing Group, Sweden’s largest publisher.

We designed and built their new website using WordPress, and set it up so that books and authors are automatically added and updated, using a feed from Bonnier’s Opus rights management system.

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Books from Scotland

BooksfromScotland showcases the best books of Scottish interest around, including the latest children’s, fiction and selected non-fiction titles, as well as titles from publishers based in Scotland.

Bookswarm developed a new Books from Scotland brand identity and a new website to showcase the Scottish titles, as well as developing a technical strategy to help easily identify which titles should include, based on processing of bibliographic data from Nielsen.

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We updated the design of the existing Chambers website and migrated the underlying technology to WordPress for ease of management, whilst retaining the key features of the existing site: the dictionary search and Word Wizard.

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Chelsea Green UK

Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing is a 100% employee-owned leading publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. The UK arm, Chelsea Green Publishing UK Ltd, was created in 2018, with an aim of developing a new publishing programme in the UK, as well as partnering with like-minded, progressive organisations in the area of sustainable living. Chelsea Green now has the ability to sell directly to UK consumers via this WordPress and WooCommerce website, with bibliographic data feeding in from the US website, and orders sent automatically to Grantham Book Services.

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Colin Fletcher

Website for Colin Fletcher – author of historical adventures White Clyffe and King’s Mercy, and a forthcoming volume of non-fiction, Southern Waters. The design is inspired by the beautiful countryside of South Western England, where Colin’s books are set.

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Connecting Paradigms

Website for speaker, trainer, and author of Connecting Paradigms

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Daisy Christodoulou

Author website for Daisy Christodoulou, the Director of Education at No More Marking, a provider of online Comparative Judgement software for schools, and the author of three books about education: Teachers vs Tech, Making Good Progress, and Seven Myths about Education.

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Dan Conway

Dan Conway is a former high school elected official. He held a variety of non-prestigious jobs over his twenty-year career in corporate America. Today, he writes about work, tech, family, and culture. His essays have appeared in Business and Cuepoint. He lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

We created this website to help promote his first book, Confessions of a Crypto Millionaire: My Unlikely Escape from Corporate America.

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David Pattison

Website for David Pattison – wingman, chairman, mentor, investor and author of business book The Money Train, a guide explaining to young businesses the key things they need to know about investors.

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Dr Barbara Oakley

Dr Barbara Oakley is an educator, writer and engineer who asked us to revitalise her web presence after many years of running it herself. We enjoyed the process of devising an information structure which accommodated her roles as speaker, teacher, book author and journalist.

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Dr Genevieve Von Lob

New website for clinical psychologist Dr Genevieve von Lob. While she already had a website, Genevieve felt an update was needed to support the publication of her debut non-fiction book, Five Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting. The site also has the ability to showcase events and private practice information.

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Duckworth nurtures a rounded world view through accessible and stimulating works of popular science, psychology, memoir and history. Founded by the family of Virginia Woolf in 1898, Duckworth have published incredible authors including D.H. Lawrence, Oliver Sacks, Evelyn Waugh and Beryl Bainbridge.

We really enjoyed creating this site for Duckworth after they joined the Prelude Books family – and reading about their interesting and at times hair-raising history!

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Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

Responsive campaign website for Octopus Publishing Group in support of Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey.

With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.

In the book, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, ‘x‘. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.

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Escaping Maya’s Palace

A website for author Richard Sclove to act as the focal point for marketing and publicity of his new book Escaping Maya’s Palace:

A celebrated saga from ancient India tells of a young king who mysteriously shifts character and gambles away his kingdom. By unraveling this legend’s secret meaning, Escaping Maya’s Palace launches a sleuthing expedition into a distortion in psychological and spiritual growth that lies buried deep at the root of modern civilization. Today this undetected malady contributes to woes ranging from opioid addiction to social alienation, the rise of authoritarian populism, and environmental catastrophe.

Informed by long-lost wisdom from the Mahabharata, one of the great epics of world literature, award-winning author Richard Sclove explains how our civilization descended into this blighted condition. Integrating a missing psychological dimension into social theory and world history, this intellectually daring and engrossing work clears a path for remaking modern politics and economics, social movements, and daily life. This book’s profound insights offer renewed hope to a world in crisis.

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Faber Finds Blog

Blog design for Faber’s print-on-demand imprint Faber Finds

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Faber Social

A new iteration of Faber Social – books and music at the heart of independent publishing.

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Felicity Bryan Associates

Felicity Bryan Associates is an independent literary agency based in Oxford, with a client list includes prize-winning and bestselling authors in adult and children’s fiction, and non-fiction. We designed and built a new website for them designed to showcase their clients in an easy-to-maintain site, while also attracting plenty of submissions through an easy-to-use online process.

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Flint is a new imprint from The History Press dedicated to publishing non-fiction books that spark. We have created a simple Divi-based site to showcase the books and provide a blogging platform and data capture mechanism independent of the main publisher website.

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Folio Society Blogs

We created a new WordPress-based news and blogging site for The Folio Society, which integrates with their main e-commerce site. We replaced two separate WordPress sites which were not mobile-friendly.

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Gaelic Books Council

Bi-lingual site in English and Scottish Gaelic for Tha Comhairle nan Leabhraichean / The Gaelic Books Council. Their main missions are:

  • To support the development of Gaelic writing.
  • To stimulate interest in Gaelic books and other related materials.
  • To support Gaelic authors by awarding grants and commissions.
  • To support the Gaelic publishing industry.
  • To increase the range, quality and impact of Gaelic literature

The new site uses WooCommerce to allow the sale of books and other products, and is integrated with the in-shop POS system Merlio, allowing streamlined inventory and stock management. It’s fully bilingual in English and Scottish Gaelic through the use of the WordPress Multiingual Plugin (WPML).

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Geoffrey Roberts

Geoffrey Roberts is an historian, biographer, and political commentator. A renowned specialist in Russian and Soviet foreign and military policy and an expert on Stalin and the Second World War, his books have been translated into Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish and Turkish.

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Grub Street

Grub Street is an award-winning small, niche independent publisher, publishing only books on cookery and military aviation history. We created a responsive e-commerce site using for Grub Street using WordPress and WooCommerce.

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H for History

H for History is the historical fiction and non-fiction community from Hodder & Stoughton, Headline and Quercus. Bookswarm designed and built this responsive website to allow both books and blog posts to be explored using a range of classifications, including Period and Genre.

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Harry’s Last Stand

‘As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes, so that you can help change it…’

We built this site for Icon Books so users could be inspired by Harry Leslie Smith’s example and show the world what THEY stand up for. It allows users to generate book covers to they can join Harry in taking a stand, which they can share on social media. It includes Facebook OpenGraph and Twitter Card integration.

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Hayes Press

Hayes Press is as a non-profit publishing house known for its faithful, biblical publishing. Some of the topics includes bible characters, general themes, general surveys of Bible, Canon, guides to various translations, and inclusive language debates.

We implemented the website using the WooCommerce shop plugin for WordPress.

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Helen Pearson

Ultra-clean website for science journalist, author and communicator Helen Pearson.

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Henley Hall Press

Brand creation, website design and build for publishing startup Henley Hall Press, an independent publisher of thought-provoking non-fiction books, including current affairs, gardening and ecology.

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Icon Books

ONIX-feed powered website for Icon Books, an independent UK publisher which produces popular, engaging and sometimes provocative non-fiction for adults.

In 2017, we launched a new version of the site to celebrate Icon’s 25th birthday!

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InterVarsity Press

E-commerce website for imprint of SPCK.

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Migration of the site for Icon Books’ well known series of graphic guides to a WordPress back-end, while retaining the existing look and feel.

Updated in 2017 to celebrate Icon’s 25th birthday and tie-in with the look and feel of their main website.

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Just Sit

Website for Just Sit – A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should but Don’t.

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Kay Hutchison

Self-Care is now a vast and growing industry so it has become quite difficult to navigate. Kay Hutchison wrote the book My Life in 37 Therapies after a significant period of change in her circumstances, and helps her readers to navigate this complex world.

We created a website for Kay to promote the book, which includes a tour of all 37 featred therapies, using WordPress and the Divi theme framework.

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Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris is a writer and sociologist. He’s published both academic and non-academic works, and is the author of seven books. His new website is designed to be an archive of his writing going back to the 1990s, so we created a simple-to-use database covering both his articles and papers, and his many talks and lectures.

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Lap of Honour

Microsite for Lap of Honour by Tim Hain.

A 60s schoolboy photographer returns to The Golden Age Of Motor Racing and takes a picture of Stirling Moss at the first Goodwood Revival. This opens the door to a meeting with the “Maestro” and Lap Of Honour begins, with Stirling as the central figure. The book opens with Moss’s lively foreword, revisits and celebrates old haunts and heroes, and concludes with an intimate portrait of “Mister Motor Racing” in 33 different cars with his input on each, and tributes from the likes of Mark Knopfler, David Coulthard, and Murray Walker. Moss describes the book as “absolutely enchanting.”

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Lawrence Wishart

Lawrence Wishart have been publishing critical left ideas on politics and culture since 1936. Through books, journals and events, they foster a space where people can think together, challenge political ‘common sense’ and explore new possibilities. Their current work is particularly focused on the areas of race, gender, LGBTQ issues, intersectionality, climate justice, and colonialism.

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Lion Hudson

Lion Hudson publish books and other media for children and adults to help them grow in their Christian faith. We created a new e-commerce website for Lion Husdson to replace the previous incarnation, focusing on ease of use and integration with multiple distributors and internal systems.

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Little Histories

WordPress-based site for Yale University Press that includes integration with both the Little Histories Twitter feed and with relevant articles from the YUP blog, as well as a database of some of the remarkable people featured in this expanding series of books.

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Live Fast, Lose Weight

Microsite for Instagram-based competition in support of the launch of Charlotte Crosby’s cookbook Live Fast, Lose Weight.

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Lloyd Clark

Professor Lloyd Clark is currently a senior member of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute where he run the post-graduate programme in modern war studies and contemporary military history. Lloyd has lectured around the world to various universities, military institutions and think tanks and his publications include books on the First and Second World Wars as well as more recent conflicts including the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We created Lloyd’s website to support his range of activities, including his media work and his latest book, Blitzkrieg.

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Marcus Chown

Website for scientist, communicator, author, journalist and broadcaster Marcus Chown.

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Marina Warner

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales. We created a new site to act as a definitive bibliography and news source.

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MBA Literary and Script Agents

Based in London’s Fitzrovia for over 45 years, MBA is a leading literary agency representing writers in all media – books, and scripts for film, television, radio and theatre.

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Michael Cowl Gordon

Michael Cowl Gordon is a specialist in addiction medicine since 1973, and author of forthcoming The Twelve Step Pathway – A Heroic Journey of Recovery.

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Michael O’Mara Books

Creation of a new website for specialists in creative and inspired adult non-fiction, Michael O’Mara Books, encompassing their LOM ART and Buster Books imprints too. The website take a feed from the client’s Biblio system to keep the catalogue up to date.

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Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association.

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Modern Books

Modern Books is a new imprint which publishes beautiful and original non-fiction for mindful and creative living.

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Nathan Rose

Nathan Rose is a bestselling author of books about technology, creativity, and strategy. He also helps non-fiction authors navigate the self-publishing process – helping them create timeless, influential books which reach their readers.

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Neem Tree Press

New website for Neem Tree Press, a vibrant, young publishing house producing books that change and broaden perspectives. Neem Tree Press are global in scope with books under contract from Germany, the Middle East, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom to date. The common theme for their books is to provoke both thoughtful discussion on sensitive issues and a thirst in the reader to explore further the ideas or cultures they encounter.

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Nicos Hadjicostis

Website for world traveller and writer Nicos Hadjicostis, designed to support and promote his book Destination Earth.

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Octopus Bespoke

Octopus Bespoke offers custom content solutions, with an exceptional archive of premium recipes and photography, and can hand pick collections and formats to exactly fit clients’ needs. We created a microsite to summarise the offer and tantalise the tastebuds with a selection of their mouthwatering photography.

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One Two Another

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Oneworld was founded in 1986 by husband and wife team Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar as an independent publishing house focusing on stimulating non-fiction. Now publishing over 100 books a year, Oneworld has retained its founding commitment to the old-fashioned principles of great writing, editorial excellence, high production values, and marketing flair, to produce books that are read by the intellectually curious all over the world.

We have created a new, modern web presence which is automatically updated via an ONIX feed from Stison.

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Owen Bennett-Jones

Owen Bennett-Jones reported for the BBC for 30 years. He has been a resident foreign correspondent in Bucharest, Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut and presented Newshour on the BBC World Service. In 2008 he was Sony news journalist of the year and in 2009 the Commonwealth journalist of the year. In 2012 Owen was Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. His podcast on the murder of Benazir Bhutto, The Assassination, won gold at the British Podcast Awards in 2018.

We created a new website for Owen to bring together his journalism, non-fiction and fiction all ine one place for the first time. The site includes the ability to upload source materials associated with books – so readers and listeners can access key documents that are part of Owen’s investigations.

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Patrician Press

Branding and website design for startup independent publisher

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Pavilion Books Group

Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets. Their new website is populated with bibliographic data feeds from their Stison title management system, and also features a blog, news & events section and many different ways of exploring their books – by category, by imprint and by author.

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Penguin blog on

Creation of a customised theme for the Penguin Blog in its new home on the platform.

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Peter Fisk

A major design overhaul of Peter’s previous Bookswarm-designed website, reflecting a changed content focus, the increasing importance of blogging to Peter and the design language from his latest book, Business Recoded.

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Peter Fisk / Gamechangers

Peter Fisk is a global thought leader on growth, innovation and leadership. Peter is a keynote speaker, bestselling author and expert consultant. He is founder of the specialist consulting firm GeniusWorks, and Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Marketing at IE Business School.

We created two websites in one for Peter – a general site representing Peter as author, speaker and consultant, and a site for his latest book project, Gamechangers, published with Wiley.

We also created a number of videos in support of the new book.

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Peter Watson

Design and build of a WordPress-based website for award-winning author and journalist Peter Watson.

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Practical Inspiration Publishing

Practical Inspiration Publishing is the home of books that mean business. From management to marketing, parenting to leadership, HR to health, internationally recognized authorities share their expertise in brilliantly readable books with accompanying online resources.

We created a new WooCommerce-based site so PIP could easily sell their titles online – with title and author data automatically imported from an ONIX feed.

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Profile Books

Twenty-five years sinces its founding and the mission of Profile Books is unchanged: to be a fearless publisher of a diverse range of distinctive books, of the highest quality, written by the best authors in their field, and to remain a beacon of independent publishing. We created a new website for Profile Books, powered by a feed from Biblio, to mark this milestone and to provide a solid foundation for all their future digital marketing.

A new website for imprint Serpent’s Tail was created as part of the same project.

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The Quarto Group creates a wide variety of books and intellectual property products, with a mission to inspire life’s experiences. Produced in many formats for adults, children, and the whole family, their products are visually appealing, information rich, and stimulating. The Group encompasses a diverse portfolio of imprints and businesses that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest.

Bookswarm undertook the creation of a new information architecture and design for the Quarto website, before handing our designs over to their in-house development team for implementation. The new structure consolidates two previously separate websites, one of which was more trade-focused and one of which was more consumer-focused, bringing the content together into a new entity that’s much easier to explore and allows users to gain a full understanding of the range of imprints and titles that the Quarto Group has.

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Quiller Publishing

Quiller Publishing Ltd is an independent publisher which was founded in 2001 by Andrew Johnston. Quiller Publishing has two imprints: Quiller is their general list and Kenilworth Press for equestrian titles. Over the years, Quiller Publishing has been built into an extremely well-respected publishing company, focusing originally on country sporting subjects and in recent years, diversifying into lifestyle titles along with a number of noted and highly regarded biographies and autobiographies.

This new website for Quiller features ‘live’ updates from their title management system, BooksoniX.

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Revise SQE

Revise SQE books have one purpose in mind – helping students pass the new SQE1 law exam. They focus only on the topics you’ll be assessed on, making sure that you don’t spend time on unnecessary subject matter, and they will prepare students for the multiple-choice questions they’ll face in SQE1 and show how to answer them successfully.

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Robert Hale

Responsive site for Robert Hale, independent publishers since 1936. The site has four themed sections for Robert Hale’s four imprints – Robert Hale, J.A. Allen, NAG Press and Buried River Press.

Robert Hale is now part of The Crowood Press.

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Rory Muir’s Wellington is home to the accompanying Commentary of Rory Muir’s two volume biography of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. The Commentary is the extended text from the first volume of Rory Muir’s definitive biography, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814. Originally written by Rory Muir for his own use, Yale University Press is delighted to make it available to read online and as a free download.

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Saltyard Books

Two generations of this website for Hodder & Stoughton non-fiction imprint Saltyard Books

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New website for independent publishers Saraband, winners of the inaugural Saltire Scottish Publisher of the Year.

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Saraband 2020

Saraband is an award-winning independent publisher of outstanding fiction, absorbing nature writing, pressing environmental issues and compelling memoir. Over the last quarter century, they have provided a platform for underrepresented and marginalised voices that are often overlooked, championing diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to excellence – and to their readers of all ages, backgrounds and personal identities, wherever they may live.

This is the second version of the Saraband website we have created.

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Saul David

Website for historian, novelist, lecturer and broadcaster Saul David.

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Scarfe – Sixty Years of Being Rude

Design of a Shopify site through which Little, Brown will sell beautifully-presented special editions of Scarfe: Sixty Years of Being Rude. These fully illustrated volumes reveal the truth of sixty years of politics and culture and are packed with pictures that have not only defined one artist’s career, but also twentieth and twenty-first century British life.

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Scientifically Speaking

Jo Browning is the author of Scientifically Speaking – a new book aimed at scientists and medics faces with the challenge of communicating their findings in a post-truth world.

“Now more than ever, the scientific and medical community is under the microscope and in front of the media. Science matters, and in a post-truth world it’s more important than ever for scientists and physicians to be heard.

But there’s a challenge. To get people to listen, you can’t communicate in writing alone anymore. You need to speak up and be seen – on stage, online, and on camera. To do this well you need to master the art of influential speaking, which is something you weren’t taught at university or medical school.

This book teaches you how to become a compelling scientific speaker so that you can put your message across with confidence and clarity, both online and in person. It’s written by a speaking coach with 25 years of experience in science communications.”

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Séverine Autesserre

Bi-lingual website for New-York based academic Séverine Autesserre, who is an award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher.

The site is fully available in both English and French, with multiple languages handled by the WPML family of plugins. English > French translation was undertaken by Nathalie Reis Translations and project managed by Bookswarm.

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SPCK Publishing

SPCK is the mission agency which works through publishing. Their mission is to promote Christian ideas and values; we do this by publishing, and supporting the publishing of, books and resources for people for people of all denominational and faith backgrounds.

We created a new e-commerce website with WordPress and WooCommerce, encompassing both SPCK’s charitable and publishing activites. Orders are submitted to Macmillan Distribution (MDL) for fulfillment.

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Spying on Democracy

Website to promote Heidi Boghosian’s Spying on Democracy and provide interested readers with additional content and resources.

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Founded in 1990, Summersdale is a vibrant publisher that puts its heart and soul into creating exceptional books. They swiftly respond to emerging technology and trends, provide entertaining, informative and innovative content in the genres of travel writing, general non-fiction, health and well-being, and gift and humour. Summersdale produce a diverse range of over 150 titles per year, with a backlist of over 600 titles.

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Susanna Lea Associates

Created in 2000, Susanna Lea Associates has offices in Paris, London and New York. Their aim is to work in close collaboration with authors and publishers in order to maximize the potential of each project both domestically and in translation – in print, audio and electronic media – and, when applicable, for film.

We designed and built the new website for Susanna Lea, allowing each office to show market-specific covers for key titles and showcase its own team and social media presence.

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Swift Press

Swift Press is an independent publishing company that launched in June 2020. Part of the Independent Alliance, they publish fiction and a wide range of non-fiction.

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The Curious Files

The Curious Files was a rummage through the most interesting articles written and produced by Faber and Faber‘s non-fiction authors.

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The Hamilton Agency

The Hamilton Agency Ltd is a literary agency based in Michelin House in South Kensington. It was founded March 2019 by Matthew Hamilton, who was an agent with Aitken Alexander Associates for over 12 years. Previously he was editorial Director at 4th Estate, and Publishing Director and a member of the Board at Bloomsbury. He has a particular interest in politics, music, entertainment, narrative non-fiction and literary fiction.

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The Happysmarts Project

We migrated the Happysmarts Project to being WordPress-based, allowing the client to more easily manage the content, and translating the exercises and scales that are the heart of the project in to GravityForms so that they can be tweaked and the results can be exported at any time. We also took the opportunity to modernise aspects of the design and make the site mobile-friendly.

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The Life of Music

Microsite for The Life of Music, by Nicholas Kenyon, published by Yale University Press.

“From pianist Myra Hess’s performances in Blitz-ravaged London to John Adams’s composition for mourners of New York’s 9/11 attacks to Italian opera stars singing from their balconies amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Kenyon argues that, no matter how great the crisis, music has the power to bring us together.”

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The Military History Club

Founded in 2021 by historian and broadcaster Saul David – described by Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph as ‘peerless now among our military historians’ – the MHC is an exclusive club for lovers of military history with various tiers of membership to suit different levels of involvement.

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The Monday Revolution

The Monday Revolution is about changing your personal approach to work and life. It’s about taking control of time and spending it on the things that matter. There is great satisfaction in getting things done. Who wants to spend long days in pointless meetings or writing reports that never serve any real purpose?

It’s also the debut business book by David Mansfield – and every chapter contains stories, anecdotes and uncomplicated real-world advice on how you can Revolutionise your working life. From Monday.

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The Solidarity Project

Author website for academic, political campaigner and green activist Jonathan Boswell, who is currently working on a new book about solidarity.

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The University Press Group (UPG)

The University Press Group (UPG) is jointly owned by the University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton and is responsible for the sales of their print books in the UK and Ireland, Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

We created a simple website to showcase recent titles published by UPG presses, and highlight positive review coverage, as well as making it easy for anyone to download catalogues.

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Tomorrow Is Too Late

In Tomorrow Is Too Late, Grace Maddrell collects testimonies of activism and hope from young climate strikers, from Brazil and Burundi to Pakistan and Palestine. These youth activists are experiencing the reality of the climate crisis, including typhoons, drought, flood, fire, crop failure and ecological degradation, and are all engaged in the struggle to bring these issues to the centre of the world stage.

Working with freelance project manager Luthfa Begum, we designed and built a site to help promote Tomorrow Is Too Late, including an interactive map showing all the contributors and a live feed of Twitter and Instagram posts with the #tomorrowistoolate hashtag.

Look for this website soon on Designrush’s selection of best book websites.

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Trad’s Diary

Trad’s Diary has been a regular fixture for many gardeners since June 1975, forty two years ago, when the first issue of The Garden appeared. It was, and is, written by Hugh Johnson, who as Editorial Director had created the new magazine out of the old Journal of the Horticultural Society.

Bookswarm created the latest version of Trad’s Diary to be mobile-friendly and easy on the eye – and it’s home to over 500 entries written by Hugh since the diary went digital back in 2008.

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Website for authors Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood and their book Überpreneurs, about the challenges facing mankind in the 21st century and 36 extraordinary individuals who are addressing and resolving all of these issues.

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Walter Foster

Brimming with tips, techniques, and step-by-step lessons, as well as practical exercises, unique projects, and creative prompts, Walter Foster’s engaging and inspiring books have helped people around the world discover their creative talents, learn new mediums, and achieve their artistic goals. This new website showcases their books as well as providing a wealth of additional inspiration and resources through the Art Studio.

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Yale Representation

Yale Representation provides a managed sales representation service in the UK for a number of prestigious publishers. We created a new website for them, to replace their old Drupal-based site. It includes a bookshops section with dynamic map, and different ways to explore Yale Representation’s clients and their wonderful books.

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Your Planet Needs You

Your Planet Needs You! is “an Everyday Guide to Saving the Earth”, written by three eco-activists that have put forward positive and meaningful ideas on how you can contribute to saving the earth. Users can order hardback signed copies directly from the website and receive an exclusive free gift.

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Zaid Al-Ali

Author website for writer and academic Zaid Al-Ali. Zaid is quoted regularly in the international press on Iraqi developments and on constitutional reform issues in the Arab region, including in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the BBC, National Public Radio, the Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph, amongst many others.

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