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Osprey sells Watkins, Angry Robot and Nourish imprints

UK military history publisher Osprey Publishing has sold three of its imprints—Watkins (MBS), Angry Robot (sci-fi) and Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks)—to US entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld for an undisclosed sum, reports the Bookseller. The three imprints had been placed into administration following a review of the publisher in June, which Osprey MD Richard Sullivan said was ‘reluctantly done to protect the remaining parts of the Group, Osprey Publishing, Shire and Old House Books and British Wildlife Publishing, which remain profitable, independent businesses’. Ilfeld, who owns Watkins Bookshop in London and is editor-in-chief of the Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine, said: ‘My ambition is to grow the Watkins brand into a diverse media company with inspirational books at its core. Nourish’s focus on wellbeing through food and drink makes it a natural fit with Watkins, and as a die-hard sci-fi fan, I’m thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot.’ As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Angry Robot closed its YA imprint Strange Chemistry and its crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A in June.



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