About Murdoch Books

Murdoch Books is an Allen & Unwin company.

Murdoch Books began life as a division of Murdoch Magazines, which founder Matt Handbury, purchased from News Limited in 1991. Under Matt’s ownership, Murdoch Books grew to become one of Australia’s leading illustrated books publishers with an outstanding international reputation. Now part of Allen & Unwin, Murdoch Books continues to publish beautiful illustrated books across a variety of subject areas.

Our main office is located in Sydney where we have a complete in-house editorial, design, production and publishing team who are supported by our award-winning sales, marketing and publicity team.

Our significant international market presence is managed by the Murdoch Books UK office who deliver our extensive European foreign language and export sales. The Murdoch Books UK Office also manages all our other international sales relationships. With our books translated into more than 20 languages, Murdoch Books has carved out a reputation as a high quality international publisher.

Our mission is to excite, delight and inspire our readers with beautifully produced books that have an absolute commitment to integrity of content, innovation in design and high production values.

Murdoch Books enjoys leading market positions in the Food, Gardening and Lifestyle categories. The list includes some of the biggest names in the diverse world of food and drink including Neil Perry, Lee Holmes, Adriano Zumbo, Dominique Ansell and Matthew Evans, plus highly respected lifestyle authors such as Amanda Talbot, Darren Palmer and Karen McCartney.

Key personnel


Clive Kintoff – Sales & Marketing Director Murdoch UK
John Sprinks – Finance Director Murdoch UK
Jemma Crocker – UK Publicity & Marketing Manager
Britta Martins-Simon - Rights and Co-Editions Manager


Robert Gorman – Chief Executive Officer
Lou Johnson – Publishing Director
Christine Farmer – Publicity Director
Ashleigh Jordan – National Account Manager 
Noel Hammond – Business Development Manager
Catherine Potter – Special Sales Manager
Genevieve Ward – Finance and Administration Director
Lou Playfair – Production Manager