Sunday, 26 June 2011





Luxury handbound limited editions signed by Thomas Keneally and beautifully presented together with signed Antony Gormley prints.

Available to purchase now, with all profits going to help children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
Click here to go to website

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

'To be Continued...' Günter Grass

Hi, I'm Chris and I'm currently an MA Publishing student at Oxford Brookes University. I have had the pleasure of working on the publication of the latest Oak Tree Fine Press Nobel Series book, Gunter Grass 'To be Continued...'. The Gunter Grass volumes are the second in the series following the release of Doris Lessing 'On not Winning the Nobel Prize' in 2008. The books will be available in two striking hand bound formats, each featuring an original woodcut frontispiece by Abigail Rorer and endpapers illustrated by the author. There will be 150 numbered slip cased volumes, quarter bound in cloth and 26 volumes fully bound in fine leather and lettered A-Z. All volumes have been signed by the author.

As with all Oak Tree Fine Press books, the profits from these editions will go to organizations assisting children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Publication will be late March to early April so please keep an eye on our website for further details and to order any of our books.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

End of year triumphs

Despite Bruce's best bah-humbugs at the beautiful Oxford snowscapes, this was a winter to remember. Following the shortlisting of "On Not Winning the Nobel Prize" in the British Book Design Awards, we had our first ever stall at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and in December were invited to hold a temporary exhibition for "A Outrance" at the prestigious Bodleian library. Those of you who were lucky enough to attend the launch will not quickly forget Philip Pullman's stunning reading of the great bear fight and how Iorek's victory roar echoed amid the heavy Gothic architecture of the Divinity School. (We took photos, but there are better ones on Andy English's blog here)
Many of the designer bindings for A Outrance can still be viewed on our website - with a very few still available to purchase! Once again - THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to making these wonderful books and helping raise money for our beneficiaries.
Coming soon - an update on our plans for the new decade!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Oak Tree Fine Press have been shortlisted for the
British Book Design and Production Awards 2009.

It is a great honour to have been selected as finalists in these very prestigious awards and many congratulations must go to Nancy and Bruce for their publication of "On not Winning the Nobel Prize" by Doris Lessing. The Awards ceremony will be held on the 29th October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel and we wish them good luck for the evening.

The Awards are organised by the BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association and they acknowledge the excellence of the British book design and production industry. Further info can be found on htp:// _winners.asp

"On not Winning the Nobel Prize" was published in December 2008 and is a Letterpress edition of the Nobel Lecture presented to the Swedish Academy by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. There are a limited number of copies still available. Order one now.

"To be Continued..." by Günter Grass is our second volume in this series and is due to be published later this year -check out our website for further details.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The First Chapter Series takes its place in the Booker Prize Archive

One of Nancy's last duties back in June was to visit Oxford Brookes University Library with Bruce to present to them our First Chapter Series for their Booker Prize Archive.

The Library became the permanent home of the Booker Prize Archive in 2003 and now encompasses the administrative history of the Prize from 1968 to date. The collection includes a diverse range of material, including correspondence, publicity material, copies of both the Longlists and the Shortlists, minutes of meetings, photographs and material relating to the awards dinner (letters of invitation, guest lists and seating plans).

Items from the Archive were included in the exhibition 'The Booker 40 at the V&A' which ran from 6 September 2008 to 17 May 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Booker Prize. Perhaps for its 50th we might be lucky enough to get our books included in the exhibition!

There to accept the donation was the Subject Librarian for Publishing, Chris Fowler, together with Dr.Helen Workman (Director of Learning Resources), Eleanor Rossart (Archivist) and Sally Hughes ( Senior Lecturer in Publishing). A pleasant morning out of the office for Nancy and Bruce.

Further information about the Archive can be found on the University website or by direct link:

Friday, 19 June 2009

Bird flies the Oak Tree Nest

After one and a half splendid years at Oak Tree Fine Press, I am off to South America, to work for Guyra Paraguay, one of Paraguay's largest conservation organisations, helping them with their funding proposals and so on. I'll be staying in touch, and am relying on Bruce and Susan to keep me informed on all our books and projects! I've had an unbelievably wonderful time and met so many lovely and interesting people, so if any of you want to keep in touch, you can contact me on nbray6 (AT)! Good luck to you all!

Thursday, 11 June 2009


Oops sorry!! I meant to say latest addition - to the OTFP family. Nancy is off to Paraguay at the end of this month and I will be trying to fill her chair. This will not be an easy task! Despite Nancy being very slender it is a very big chair to fill!! Anyway I'll have a bash.
Speak to you soon!