History

History

 

Sceptre is the literary imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, publishing works of fiction and non-fiction that are not only entertaining but also stimulating, provocative, sometimes challenging and always superbly written. Its authors have won prizes from the Booker to the Prix Goncourt, come from around the globe and cover a wide, eclectic range of themes and subjects.

Sceptre was founded as a paperback list in 1986, publishing paperback editions of books first published in hardback by Hodder and other houses as well as paperback originals – books such as Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize-winning Schindler's Ark,  Michael Chabon's debut The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Rose Tremain’s Restoration, Melvyn Bragg’s The Maid of Buttermere and James Hamilton-Paterson’s account of life in the Philippines, Playing With Water.

In 1994, Sceptre began publishing original fiction in hardback and since then has launched authors like David Mitchell, Jake Arnott, Jill Dawson, Andrew Miller, Charles Frazier, Siri Hustvedt, Glen David Gold and Andreï Makine. Original non-fiction followed, covering popular culture, history, travel, memoir, nature, art and contemporary affairs with books such as Victoria Finlay's Colour, Gavin Pretor-Pinney's The Cloudspotter's Guide, Tracey Emin's Strangeland and Giles Milton’s Wolfram.

In addition to winning prizes, several titles have featured in the Richard & Judy and TV Book Clubs, including Cloud Atlas, Elizabeth Winthrop’s December, Natasha Solomons' Novel in the Viola, Jill Dawson’s The Great Lover, Peter Ho Davies’s The Welsh Girl (also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and Clare Morrall’s The Man Who Disappeared. In 2001, both Andrew Miller and David Mitchell were shortlisted for the Booker Prize and in 2003 David Mitchell was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. In 2010, Irene Sabatini won the Orange Award for New Writers with The Boy Next Door and in 2011 Ned Beauman and Jenn Ashworth were picked as two of the twelve Best New British Novelists by BBC TV’s The Culture Show.

Recent highlights include Pure by Andrew Miller, winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, Ned Beauman’s second novel The Teleportation Accident, longlisted for  the Man Booker Prize and Ros Barber’s novel in verse, The Marlowe Papers, joint winner of the Hoffman Prize. Chris Cleave’s new novel Gold went straight into the bestseller lists and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers is currently on the longlist for the Guardian First Book Award, while Miroslav Penkov, author of the story collection East of the West, has just won the BBC’s International Short Story Award.