Quickthorn is an independent publisher creating practical and ethical books about making and personal resilience

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About Quickthorn


Quickthorn publishes books with an emphasis on making, and personal agency. Making empowers us to be more self-sufficient and take control over the way we consume.

Making something with your own hands is a reflective process, it encourages you to slow down when the pace of life feels too fast, to be patient and to learn that good things don’t happen immediately. There is a huge joy in making, to create something that is unique, tangible evidence of your time and labour.

We have been researching new ways to reduce our environmental impact, using local suppliers and printers where possible, sourcing recyclable packaging and recently using a cellulose lamination process for book finishing that is fully biodegradable and compostable.

Quickthorn Books are distributed to the tradie in the UK and Europe by Centralbooks.com (orders@centralbooks.com) and in the US through IPGBooks and in Australasia by Woodslane

We are always interested in submissions for illustrated non-fiction titles around craft and making (we don’t publish fiction or poetry thanks). If you think your idea might fit with our other books, please send a brief outline of your ideas to info[at]quickthornbooks.com

Blog posts


  • Reviews for Rags
    Rag Manifesto offers an introduction and a call to arms for rethinking the way we view and use textiles, particularly textile waste. ​It encourages us to see rag as a precious material with meaning and potential, rather than as waste. The manifesto promotes the idea of transforming and repurposing textiles, and highlights the importance of creativity, community, and sustainability in this process. Now we’ve had some early reviews for Rags. Thanks to Crafts Magazine, Alice Ellerby at Juno Magazine and… Read more: Reviews for Rags
  • We’ve been shortlisted
    Intelligent Hands: Why making is a skill for life has been shortlisted for an award for indie publishers by Book Brunch. The announcement will be at the London Book Fair on 12 March and I’ve already booked my train ticket. It’s a long shot or course, but it’s great to be recognised 😊 Meanwhile, Intelligent Hands will be available in the USA from IPG books from 27 February, that’s tomorrow! We’ve had some great endorsement’s for Rag Manifesto already, this… Read more: We’ve been shortlisted
  • Events coming up
    It’s always good to have something to look forward to and there are lots of lovely events happening this spring connected with Intelligent Hands: Why making is a skill for life. Authors Charlotte Abrahams and Katy Bevan will be talking with Daniel Carpenter of Heritage Crafts at the Dartington Trust Bookshop in Totnes on 8 February As part of Stroud Film Festival we are talking about Intelligent Hands and showing a number of short films related to craft and making… Read more: Events coming up

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Press coverage


Juno Magazine 2024
Cotswold Life Feb 2024
Resurgence Magazine Jan 2024
Two books reviewed in Juno Dec 22
Review in Juno Magazine 2023
Good on Paper feature Nov 2023
Review by Alyson Walsh 7 Nov 22
Review bps.org.uk Nov 22
Crafts Magazine
Intelligent Hands March 2024
FQS Review in Juno magazine
The Simple Things magazine
reviews On Mending

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