Hurst Publishers
Somerset House, New Wing, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Company reg. no: 978557  
VAT no: 206327686

General enquiries
[email protected]

Sales & Marketing
07365 486704

07365 485542

Please email Michael Dwyer in the first instance


Michael Dwyer
Publisher and Managing Director 

Kathleen May
Associate Publisher and Director of Sales & Marketing 

Rubi Kumari
Sales & Marketing Executive 

Emily Cary-Elwes
Head of Publicity

Raminta Uselytė

Alison Alexanian
Publicity Consultant

Daisy Leitch
Production Director 

Lara Weisweiller-Wu
Senior Editor 

Alice Clarke
Assistant Editor

Mei Jayne Yew
Editorial Assistant

Farhaana Arefin
Consulting Editor 


Hurst welcomes manuscript submissions via email. These should be sent to Michael Dwyer. Please bear in mind that Hurst publishes only non-fiction, and note the fields in which we specialise. The best way of doing this is by consulting our website. 

Your submission should include the following: 

• A synopsis or outline running to at least 1,500 words
• Your CV
• List of publications (where appropriate)
• Contents page of draft chapter titles
• Notes on competing works in the literature
• Details of photographs, illustrations, tables and other non-textual matter in the manuscript
• The book’s proposed word length
• Proposed completion date of the manuscript

We will endeavour to respond to your email in a few working days but please bear with us if this is not the case. 

Finally, do not send files full of illustrations and other pictorial material without consulting with us first as these may be rejected by our email server.



We’re recruiting! Hurst is looking for an innovative publicist to join our small but dynamic team at our offices in historic Somerset House in central London. You will report directly to our Associate Publisher and work alongside our current Publicist in promoting our trade and academic lists. The role will involve all aspects of publicity: liaising with literary editors and broadcasters, organising and attending events, drafting press releases and social media posts, working closely with authors to raise their profile, and strategic planning.  Although we are an indie house publishing fewer than 90 titles per annum, we consistently achieve coverage for our books in mainstream outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Sunday Times. In the past year, our titles have been shortlisted or won the following prestigious international awards: Orwell Prize (UK), Los Angeles Times Book Prize (USA), James Beard Award (USA), Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing (Canada), and the  National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences non-fiction book award (South Africa).

We’re looking for someone who will spot opportunities in unlikely places, is up-to-date on current affairs, can think of new angles to pitch a book to readers, and most importantly, has a genuine interest in the books we publish. Creativity, strong organisational and writing skills, as well as attention to detail, are essential.

Applicants must have a minimum of 18 months experience in the world of books, whether that be book publishing, bookselling, literary festivals, etc.  The position would suit someone ready to step up to a new challenge and take on book campaigns. Direct book publicity experience is not a pre-requisite, but a passion for global affairs is.

Responsibilities will include:                        

-managing campaigns

-working directly with our authors

-writing press releases and social media content

-preparing review lists for galley and finished book mailings

-selling serial rights to newspapers and magazines

-organising and attending events

-pitching authors to media contacts, literary festivals, and event venues

-coordinating book prize submissions

-podcast strategy (both for our own AfterWords and other audio opportunities for our authors)

-admin work with pulling quotes, updating bibliographic data, processing review copies, etc.

-coordinating with our North American partner, Oxford University Press, NY.

About us:

Hurst is an independently owned and run non-fiction press based in London but publishing globally. We produce approximately 90 new titles per year in the fields of history, politics, sociology, war studies, and religion with particular strength in our lists covering African, Asian, East European, and Middle East Studies. We aim to publish books that add meaningfully to conversations, or start new ones.

Salary range: £25,000 – £27,000, depending on experience.

Additional information:

The role is a full-time permanent position based on a hybrid model of working from home and from our office in Somerset House (or fully office based if preferred). The working pattern and flexible hours can be negotiated. The job is best suited for someone based in London as attendance at book events and meetings with authors, colleagues, and the media are required. We can only consider candidates legally eligible for work in the UK as of 2022.  Please send two separate application emails: one should have your documents anonymised (no names, no references to gender, age or contact details, no links to writing samples displaying your name). 

Please submit a cover letter and CV to Kathleen May (ka[email protected]) by 5pm on June 17th. Interviews will be held week commencing June 27th.

Editorial Freelancers

Hurst is always on the lookout for experienced freelance copyeditors and proofreaders, particularly those with a background in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and African history and politics. Applicants must have experience of working on scholarly non-fiction books as well as those towards the ‘trade’ end of the spectrum. To apply, please send your CV, with details of any areas of expertise and any professional references, to the Senior Editor, Lara Weisweiller-Wu.


Hurst does not currently offer internships. Please check the website regularly for future opportunities. 

Trade Orders

UK Trade Orders

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Tel: +44 (0)1256 302692 

Export Trade Orders

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Tel: +44 (0)1256 302890 Website

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United Kingdom 
Kathleen May

Eire & Northern Ireland 
Russell Books

North America 
Oxford University Press 
Tel: 1-800-451-7556 
Customer Service: [email protected]

Australia & New Zealand 
NewSouth Books

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland 
Michael Geoghegan

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden 
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Greece & Cyprus 
Charles Gibbes

Spain & Portugal 
Charlotte Prout

Russia & CIS 
Kinga Jambroszczak

Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey 
Kathleen May

Southern Africa (Stockist) 
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Rest of Africa 
Tula Publishing

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Andrew White

Sino Publishers Services Limited (SPS)

India & Sri Lanka 
Feel Books Pvt Ltd

Foreign Language Rights Agents

Naoko Murozono
The English Agency (Japan) Ltd.
Sakuragi Bldg. 3F, 6-7-3 Minami-Aoyama,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN
Tel:  81-(0)3-3406-5385
Fax: 81-(0)3-3406-5387
Email: [email protected]

Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Pina von Prellwitz
Eulama International Literary Agency 
via Guido De Ruggiero, 28 
00142, Rome
Tel: (+39) 06 54 07 309
Email: [email protected]

4343 Finley Ave. Apt. 3
Los Angeles
CA 90027 
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Merve Öngen
Foreign Book Rights Director
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34457 Tarabya
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Yumi Chun 
Bestun Korea
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Nike Davarinou 
Read n’ Right Agency
26, Dimitriou Street
34132 Chalkida, Greece 
Tel: (3022) 210 29798
Fax: (3022) 210 27423
Email: [email protected]

Wampe de Veer 
Blackbird Literary Agency
Pieter de Hooghlaan 27
3741 RL Baarn, The Netherlands 
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Daniela Popescu
Livia Stoia Literary Agency
Garlei 58, Sector 1
Bucharest 013724, Romania 
Tel: 0040 21 232 99 09 
Email: [email protected]

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Renata Kasprzak
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