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The Quince Tree Press

A family-run business for 6 decades, The Quince Tree Press was first established in 1964 by JL Carr as the publishing house for a series of Pocket Books: small selections from the great poets, idiosyncratic dictionaries, wood engravers, volumes of fabled sayings and small histories.  Hand-drawn, poster-sized historical County Maps completed the early productions. Then followed eight novels, the best known of which is 'A Month in the Country’; shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winning the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1980. 

As independent publishers we focus on designing and producing quality titles which are complementary to the author's original intentions.  Following in the Founder’s unique and unconventional style, there is a degree of unorthodoxy about all the publications.

Richard Osman on

A Month in the Country

"One of the best books I've ever read"

Matthew Engel's introduction to the Aurum edition of Carr's Dictionary of Extra-Ordinary Cricketers

"There never has, and never will be, a writer remotely like him"

The Times Literary Supplement on The Pocket Books



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