Founded in 1974 by London bookseller Frank Cass, Irish Academic Press was finally brought under Irish ownership when the list was acquired by Conor Graham in 2012. Merrion Press was established that same year as a general trade imprint to broaden the scope of genres and the company’s audience. Originally from Belfast, Graham has a passion for the history of the North of Ireland and current affairs, which was reflected in Merrion Press’s early years, and the press continues to publish the most important titles on these themes.
In the last five years, however, the range of titles has broadened substantially, to include cutting-edge contemporary fiction, art, memoir, biography and children’s books. The list now comprises more than 100 titles, including the bestselling Charlie One, In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story, The Civil War in Dublin, UVF: Behind the Mask, Burned: The Inside Story of the ‘Cash-for-Ash’ Scandal and Northern Ireland’s Secretive New Elite, Thatcher’s Spy: My Life as an MI5 Agent Inside Sinn Féin, Girls Play Too: Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen, and the award-winning number one best-seller Old Ireland in Colour.
Merrion Press and Irish Academic Press are distributed by Gill Distribution in Ireland, UK & Rest of World, and by Independent Publishers Group (IPG) in North America.