About Icon

Icon Books is an independent publisher founded in 1992 – making 2022 our 30th anniversary – which specialises in intelligent, quality non-fiction for a general audience. Our Introducing Graphic Guide series thrives alongside a list of books in science, history, politics, sport, language, humour and much else besides.

Based primarily near Caledonian Road station in north London, Icon publish books in all English-speaking markets of the world – and many non-English speaking ones too. We are part of the Independent Alliance sales grouping in the UK and other markets, and our books are sold by leading distributors around the world, such as PGW in the USA, PGC in Canada, Allen & Unwin in Australasia, Jonathan Ball in South Africa and Penguin Random House in Singapore, Malaysia and India. Our translation rights sales are managed by the Marsh Agency in London.

In January 2017 we were delighted to be shortlisted for Independent Trade Publisher of the Year at the IPG Independent Publishing Awards – read more about that here.

Check out our latest catalogues:

July to December 2017

January – June 2018

July – December 2018

January – June 2019

January – June 2020

July – December 2020

January – June 2021

July – December 2021

January – July 2022

We love to hear what our readers – and our customers – think of our books and how we publish them. Get in touch via info@iconbooks.com or on social media – you’ll see the links in the menu bar at the top of the site.

Who’s Who at Icon

Philip Cotterell, CEO

At 17, my first job in publishing was assistant receptionist at the then proprietorially owned Bodley Head in London’s swinging 60s before becoming the youngest ever rep visiting schools a couple of years later. Having lived overseas and building up number of U.K. independent publishing companies over the years, I joined Icon as Managing Director in 2012 and in that time, alongside the hugely talented Icon team, have helped create the innovative, eclectic publishing house we have today. Publishing is more than a career, it is a stimulating, enjoyable and ever challenging lifestyle working with and on behalf of our authors.

Andrew Furlow, Associate Publisher
andrew@iconbooks.com / 0207 700 9961

I joined Icon in 1999 and have worked since at the heart of almost everything Icon does. I am now specifically responsible for our sales throughout the world and the relationships we have with the people that are most important to us – you, our readers! I also manage US rights and translation rights. I am, in no particular order, a cyclist, runner, fan of contemporary fiction and 20th century history, and bass player! My favourite book is Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

Duncan Heath, Publisher & Editorial Director

I joined Icon in 1994, shortly after the company was founded, and since then I have worked in all aspects of editorial and production. I am now lucky enough to be in overall charge of commissioning new titles across Icon’s list, and, with six other editors, ensuring that we produce the very best books we can. Among the books I have recently enjoyed are Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn and The Overstory by Richard Powers.

Kiera Jamison, Senior Commissioning Editor

I’ve been commissioning at Icon since 2014, before which I worked for five years as an editor at McGraw-Hill Education. I commission across genres and look after Icon’s comic-book style Introducing Graphic Guides, a highlight of which is Barker & Scheele’s trilogy: Queer, Gender and Sexuality. I’m interested in exploratory, critical and narrative books in subjects from social history to gender and equality, nature writing, psychology and philosophy, biological sciences, and culture, as well as non-fiction graphic novels and comics. I’m open to anything: outdoorsy or adventurous; to do with the sea, woods or mountains; on dance or music; diving into unusual passions and hobbies; relating third-culture or immigrant experiences, or post-colonial history; topic-driven life writing.

Ellen Conlon, Senior Commissioning Editor

I joined Icon as an assistant editor in 2016, and have been commissioning and building my list since 2018. I’m looking to find stories told with strong, engaging, narrative voices that simply must be heard. Whether that’s memoir, alternative history, current affairs, true crime, popular culture or travel writing, I love to see a subject or idea covered in such a way that you can’t believe it’s not been done before, especially if there is an international appeal. My list includes The Marmalade Diaries by Ben Aitken, The Year of the End: A Memoir of Marriage, Truth and Fiction by Anne Theroux and John Stonehouse, My Father: The True Story of the Runaway MP by Julia Stonehouse.

Clare Bullock, Senior Commissioning Editor

I joined Icon in January 2021 after working at Ebury Press and Jonathan Cape. I’m particularly interested in the voices and stories we haven’t heard before, be that in narrative non-fiction and memoir, nature writing, social history or current affairs. I would also love to find some new talent in UK comics to bring to Icon. Recent non-fiction books I have admired include Motherwell by Deborah Orr, My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay, The Shapeless Unease by Samantha Harvey and The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang. On the comics front, I’m a big fan of Joe Sacco, Sarah Lippett and Marjane Satrapi. I have a one-year-old, so I don’t have any spare time, but if I did, I would spend it playing bad acoustic guitar, going to gigs and getting out of London to go for walks.

Hamza Jahanzeb, Senior Marketing Executive

I have been working at Icon Books since 2020 – the year I was also spotlighted as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars – and work on the marketing of our brand authors as well as design innovative and far-reaching campaigns to spread the word of our excellent titles. I formerly worked at Hachette, Penguin N. Asia and Pan Macmillan in a variety of editorial and marketing roles – with inclusivity at the heart of my work. I also enjoy frequenting the theatre, supporting producing houses and underrepresented creatives. If I had to press any book into your hands, it would be The Roles We Play by Sabba Khan.

Hanna Milner, Desk Editor

I joined Icon in 2020 having previously worked as an editor at Nobrow, where I focused on illustrated non-fiction titles and graphic novels. In between Nobrow and Icon, I completed a Master’s degree in Linguistics at University College London. When I’m not working on projects with the Senior and Commissioning Editors, I’m reading contemporary Japanese fiction (I’ve recently enjoyed Mieko Kawakami, Sayaka Murata and Yukiko Motoya), collecting prints from my favourite illustrators and thinking about language.

James Lilford, Desk Editor

I joined Icon at the start of 2022 after working as an editor at another independent. One of the best things about my job is that I get to help bring a diverse selection of stories into the world, from popular science to history and true crime to memoir. I look after a number of the sports books at Icon, in addition to other general books on our list. When not working on Icon’s books I will usually be reading something about the Cold War.

Thea Al-Hirsi, Senior Publishing Assistant

I joined Icon in 2020 and have since been lucky enough to work across all the different departments, at times creating marketing graphics and videos, and other times proofreading or helping out in Finance. I enjoy reading everything from sci-fi to politics and current affairs (although those sometimes don’t feel so different). I’m an avid linguist and am passionate about using the arts to promote underrepresented voices and new perspectives. If I’m not reading or learning, I’ll probably be decorating a cake or banging unrhythmically on my drum kit to songs sometimes even I don’t understand.

Temi Gadu, Publishing Assistant (Marketing & Publicity)

I joined Icon in 2021, after graduating university with a BA History from University College London, and I work primarily within the Rights, Sales and Marketing teams. It is truly an honour to work at Icon and to share with the world books that continue to challenge, inspire and inform. When I am not at my desk, I spend most of my time cooking, DJing (albeit not very well) and running a small book club of angry, black feminists.
Annalise Peters, Publishing Assistant (Sales & Rights)
I joined Icon as an intern in late 2021, working across the non-editorial departments. My role as an assistant is varied, and I now mainly help with sales operations as well as liaising with our rights agents. Outside of work, I like to restore old, rusty bikes and listen to Very Loud music. A couple books I always recommend to people are Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Fatima Daas’ La Petite Dernière.