Quickthorn is an independent publisher creating practical and ethical books. Subjects include sustainable crafts and making for wellbeing and personal resilience

cover of Small Steps to Less Waste

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 in the UK and Europe by Centralbooks.com (orders@centralbooks.com) 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

  • 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
  • Happy 2024
    Here at Quickthorn we have some great stuff planned for you for 2024.Our next new book will be Rag Manifesto by artist, rag collector, brother of @artworkersguild and rag-rugger extraordinaire, Rachael Matthews. Rag Manifesto: Making, folklore and community looks at the how, why and wherefore of rag rugs and the people who have made them in the past and those making a stir by recycling fabrics create things now.👉 We used to think of rags as a rare and valuable… Read more: Happy 2024

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Press coverage

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

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