Serpent's Tail / Viper / Profile Books

Serpent’s Tail was founded in London in 1986 and quickly established a reputation for fearlessness and for discovering new talents. Publisher of We Need To Talk About Kevin, White Bicycles, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Essex Serpent and more, the list includes prizewinners, bestsellers and is known for its risk-taking publication and fearlessness.

Viper Books is an imprint of Serpent's Tail that publishes books with a bite. A new crime and thriller imprint, its first title, A Famished Heart by Nicola White, was published in 2020. Its first publication of 2021, The Appeal by Janice Hallett, was an instant bestseller, and two 2021 publications, The Last House on Needless Street and The Last Thing He Told Me have been optioned by major TV/Film studios for adaptation.

Profile Books publishes stimulating non-fiction across topics including history, business and economics, science and biography, with a sprinkling of humour. Authors include Alan Bennett, Mary Beard and Atul Gawande.
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