Gill (M.H. Gill & Co.) announces the acquisition of The Collins Press. From today Gill Books will represent c. 150 Collins Press titles under its sales agency business, with full acquisition of the company’s trading assets on 29 March 2019. The sale ensures continued availability of The Collins Press’ high-quality Irish-interest titles.
Con Collins, Managing Director of The Collins Press: ‘After over thirty most enjoyable and satisfying years in the book trade, Anna and I will retire on 29 March 2019. We are very pleased that leading Irish publisher Gill will acquire the list. Our thanks to all the authors and everyone in the sales, distribution, wholesale and retail arms of the book trade for their help and support over the years. It has been a pleasure working with everyone.’
Ruth Gill, Managing Director of Gill: ‘We are delighted to welcome The Collins Press list to Gill. As distribution providers for Collins for over ten years, we have greatly admired the breadth and ambition of the list which Con, Anna and their team have spent thirty years growing. This acquisition continues Gill’s commitment to Irish-interest publishing by both broadening and deepening our reach across this market.’
The Gill name has been synonymous with books in Ireland for over 160 years. Founded in 1856, Gill is a sixth-generation family owned and managed business, operating under three divisions and employing over 80 people.
Gill Books is Ireland’s largest trade publisher and home to authors such as Neven Maguire, Blindboy Boatclub, John & Fatti Burke, Kathleen Watkins, Francis Brennan, Niall Breslin, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen, Philly McMahon and Davy Fitzgerald. Gill Education is one of Ireland’s leading school publishers and home to titles such as Soundings, Complete Geography, Making History and Inis Dom. Gill Distribution provides warehousing, distribution, invoicing and credit management services to over fifty client publishers in Ireland.
The Collins Press, founded in 1989, has been a notable publisher of a wide range of non-fiction books of Irish interest. The company garnered a reputation for high production value and was particularly noted for publishing in subject areas such as biography, travel, history, natural history, archaeology and the outdoors. It has published a number of bestsellers over the years such as Ireland – Our Island Home (1997), The Keeper of Absalom’s Island (1999), An Unsung Hero (2000), The Framing of Harry Gleeson (2015) and The Lighthouses of Ireland (2018).