Marion Boyars Publishers "started out in the sixties as the firm Calder and Boyars which was run jointly by John Calder and Marion Boyars. When the firm split in 1975, Marion Boyars Publishers was formed." When Marion Boyars died in 1999, her daughter Catheryn Kilgarriff took over as the Managing Director. Renowned for publishing "adventurous and occasionally controversial fiction and non-fiction, especially in translation," their best known authors include Ken Kesey, Hubert Selby Jr, Kenzaburo Oe, Ivan Illich and Georges Bataille.
Well, looks like they are calling it a day. They wrote to me yesterday saying:
Penguin have bought 38 titles from us and once we have completed our autumn program we will concentrate solely on the remainder of the backlist whilst operations wind down. Whilst Cathy has enjoyed the challenges faced here since she took over from Marion and is pleased to have achieved success with many new titles, she feels that in the current climate the time is right to sell.