For me, independent publishers are the people in the industry who are prepared to take risks on new authors and books where the larger players either don't wish to venture, or they can't see there being a return on. Each month in 2018 I am aiming to highlight some of my favourite independent publishers, along with some of their books that I have loved and also to have someone from the publisher answer a few questions.
The publisher that I am going to be starting with resides in my home county. Little Toller are in Toller Fratrum, nestled in the hills of West Dorset and have a focused portfolio of books that are centred on the natural world. They are not only reprinting classic books about rural life, but they are ensuring that we are getting new books too as they commision books for the fantastic Monograph and Field note series. I am slowly working my way through their back catalogue and I have liked and loved all that I have read. Particular favourites though have been Orison for a Curlew by Horatio Clare, Snow by Marcus Sedgewick and Arboreal. Not only are the authors that they choose top class there is something about one of their books that is quite special, from the cover art, the grade of paper that they choose and the tiny details in the way that it is made.
They are also a significant part of Common Ground a charity that seeks to engage people with their local area and are the originators of Apple Day
As part of this Jon Woolcott was kind enough to answer some of my questions below on behalf of Little Toller:
Can you tell me a little about the history of Little Toller?