About

Hurst is an independently owned non-fiction publisher based in central London, across the road from the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury. Among our authors are Gerard Prunier, Christophe Jaffrelot, Faisal Devji, David Kilcullen, Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, Stephen Ellis, Paul Lendvai, Sir David Omand and Ziauddin Sardar. We have also published several books on behalf of MSF in London and Paris.

Christopher Hurst founded C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. in 1969, his primary aim being to publish scrupulously edited and produced books on subjects close to his heart rather than to build a commercial empire. Christopher’s interests were eclectic, and they featured in his list from the outset, ranging from African studies, the plight of dissidents in the Cold War, the history of Scandinavia, the Muslim periphery, the Far North and anthropology. To learn more about our founder’s contributions to scholarship and publishing, you can read two obituaries of him below.

Most of the Hurst output was co-published in the United States with a range of notable university presses and the books were all peer reviewed, a practice that continues to this day. In recent years Hurst has co-published many books with Columbia University Press, while in spring 2013 Oxford University Press, New York, became the sole US co-publisher for the Hurst list (subject to peer review and Delegate approval of each manuscript).

At Hurst we cherish the memory of Christopher’s independence of spirit and refusal to follow the corporate path. To that end we like to publish books that surprise as well as inform our readers, while assuring them that they meet the norms of scholarly and literary excellence.

Most Hurst books are commissioned de novo from our authors or in response to suggestions from them and others. We also publish a number of series, including the long-running CERI (Paris) series of translations from French, Crises in World Politics, edited by Brendan Simms and Amrita Narlikar, Gulf Studies, edited by Christopher Davidson and Dirk Vandewalle and Critical War Studies, edited by Tarak Barkawi and Shane Brighton.

We are publishing c. 65 books per annum, building on our strengths in African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies and War and International Relations, many of which are co-published simultaneously in India, Pakistan, South Africa and elsewhere, along with our North American co-publishing programme.

Hurst books are reviewed regularly in high profile media outlets worldwide, including The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and many others. We also promote our books extensively through social media, book launches and other events.

As well as keeping up with our list via our website please remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join our mailing list. Our catalogues are also available for online browsing.

Hurst is also beginning to publish its forthcoming titles and backlist as e-books, while in 2012 we launched a new literary quarterly, Critical Muslim, edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Robin Yassin-Kassab.

Michael Dwyer, Publisher

Read Christopher Hurst’s obituary in The Guardian

Read Christopher Hurst’s obituary on Open Democracy, by Michael Dwyer