Welcome to Longacre Press, publishers of New Zealand contemporary non-fiction, and young adult and junior fiction.
1. Where did we come from?
Longacre Press’s beginnings were in 1994 when it rose from the demise of McIndoe Publishers like a ‘phoenix from the ashes’. The fledgling company had its inception on the kitchen table of one of the founders. At that stage the company had only a borrowed computer, the support of the literary community and plenty of enthusiasm. Before long, it became established in its own premises in Dowling Street, Dunedin, where the company stayed for over ten years. In all that time the landlord never raised the rent.
2. When did we start to make an impact on the New Zealand book scene?
Our ground-breaking book Timeless Land was published to exceptional acclaim in 1995. Small though the company was, the book world realised that here was a publisher to take seriously.
3. What are we?
We are a lively, dedicated team united around a common theme: our love of books and our desire to publish quality New Zealand non-fiction, and young adult and junior fiction. Since its early beginnings Longacre Press has won many awards, some several times, including: the Montana Book of the Year Award, the prestigious Montana Medal for Non-fiction, the Book of the Year Award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, the Esther Glen Award for LIANZA, and Publisher of the Year.
4. How many books do we publish each year?
We publish approximately twenty new titles per year, and of these six are children’s titles.
5. What do we publish?
Contemporary Non-fiction. Our list is wide ranging and includes books on art, photography, self-help, finance, the outdoors, natural history, popular science, cooking, biography, memoir and travel, and guide books and books of particular southern New Zealand interest.
Children’s Books. We have a strong list of quality young adult and junior fiction.
6. Do we have any imprints?
Longacre Press. Non-fiction titles – art, biography, popular science, cooking, travel and natural history, and the occasional adult fiction, along with our children’s list.
Shoal Bay. Non-fiction titles – natural history, finance, travel guides and self-help.
Urban. In 2006 we introduced a new imprint, Urban, to publish cross-over fiction.
7. What are our guiding principles?
We like to think we are contributing to a literary tradition and to public debate so we aim to:
But most of all, we publish books because we love them.