Quercus Publishing plc

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October 10, 2012 03:00 ET

QUERCUS LAUNCHES NEW NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESS AND PARTNERSHIP WITH RANDOM HOUSE

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                                                                                                10 October 2012
                                                       
                                            Quercus Publishing Plc
                                         ("Quercus" or the "Company")
                                                       
                                                       
                QUERCUS LAUNCHES NEW NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESS AND PARTNERSHIP WITH RANDOM HOUSE

Quercus  Publishing Plc, the UK-listed trade publisher of fiction, nonfiction and children's  books,  including
the  MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints, announced today that it is establishing a New
York office in preparation for the launch of its North American publishing programme in Fall 2013. Quercus also
announced  that  it  has  agreed a multi-year sales and distribution partnership with  Random  House  Publisher
Services (RHPS), a division of Random House, Inc.

Quercus' Fall 2013 launch will include a diverse mix of 40 titles ranging from commercial and literary  fiction
to  science fiction, fantasy, horror, children's, nonfiction and gift books. RHPS will provide exclusive  sales
and  distribution for all physical and digital titles in the US and Canada. Highlights from the  launch  season
include  Roberto Costantini's international bestseller The Deliverance of Evil and Philip Ziegler's  definitive
biography  of Laurence Olivier. Other notable titles are Mikhail Shishkin's literary masterpiece The Light  and
the  Dark, Frank Schätzing's epic thriller Limit and Gregory Hughes' highly acclaimed children's book Unhooking
the Moon.

Speaking  at  the Frankfurt Book Fair, Quercus' co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Smith said, "We  have  been
planning  this move into the US for some time now and see great opportunities in this most vibrant of  markets.
This is a startup operation and we plan to take things one step at a time to grow our offering organically  and
learn,  alongside our partners RHPS, what we as a company can bring to such an exciting marketplace.  Our  team
will  focus  on publishing commercial titles with broad appeal and giving each title and author the  marketing,
publicity  and outreach support they will need to maximize their potential. We could not have a better  partner
than Random House and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.''

Jeff Abraham, President of RHPS, said, "We have followed Quercus' dramatic growth and success over the last few
years  and  are impressed with their aggressive plans to expand into North America. The quality and breadth  of
their publishing program nicely complement those of our robust roster of clients. We look forward to working on
this exciting new venture as Quercus' trusted full-service distribution partner."

About Quercus Publishing
Quercus  found widespread success with the publication of the English-language translations of Stieg  Larsson's
The  Girl  with  the  Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the  Hornets'  Nest.
Quercus has published numerous other international bestsellers including Speeches That Changed the World, Peter
Temple's  The Broken Shore, Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves, Peter May's The Black House and Mark  Logue
and  Peter Conradi's The King's Speech. Other high-profile titles include Universe and Three Seconds by Roslund
and  Hellström.  In  2014,  the first full year of the new partnership with Random House,  Quercus  expects  to
publish 125 titles, rising to 200 during 2016.

About Random House Publisher Services
Random  House Publisher Services, a division of Random House, Inc., is the book industry's leading provider  of
sales and distribution services to premium third-party publishers. Its wide range of service offerings includes
sales,  warehousing,  physical  and  digital distribution, credit and collection,  marketing,  and  information
technology.  In  addition  to  Quercus, its portfolio of clients includes National Geographic  Society,  Beacon
Press,  DC  Comics,  Rizzoli,  Melville  House,  New York Review  Books,  Candlewick  Press  and  many  others.
http://www.rhpublisherservices.com

The Directors of the Company are responsible for the contents of this announcement.

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  Mark Smith, Chief Executive                                                    Tel:  020 7291 7200
  
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