New Publisher - New Titles

McNidder and Grace is a new independent publishing company based in Newcastle upon Tyne publishing high-quality non-fiction and fiction titles. With a particular emphasis on popular culture it is the home of vibrant books on photography, art, biography, music, country pursuits and crime fiction.

With an exciting publishing programme, McNidder and Grace are delighted to announce that the first three titles to be published under the new imprint will be Fading Light: Portraits of Centenarians by the award-winning photographer and ex President of Magnum Chris Steele-Perkins, The Storm Without by Tony Black (Irvine Welsh’s favourite British crime writer) and the 100 Greatest Cover Versions: The Ultimate Playlist by The Independent music columnist Robert Webb.

McNidder and Grace Publisher Andy Peden Smith, who led the management buyout of Northumbria University Press/Northumbria Press from Northumbria University, said that he was ‘delighted by the successful management buyout and the setting up of the new publishing house McNidder and Grace. Though the economy and publishing in particular is going through tough times, we believe that the insights and experience we have gained over the years will enable our publishing house to survive the current economic downturn.’ Titles that have been published under the Northumbria University Press and Northumbria Press imprints have been transferred to McNidder & Grace and are still available.

Andy Peden Smith, though born in Edinburgh, grew up in Libya, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. After attending thirteen schools he studied politics and history at university before trying his hand at teaching, banking, being a bar manager and a stint in the service industry. Whilst working as a sommelier and chef de sale in the 5 star Pompadour Restaurant at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh, Andy got to meet such luminaries as Margaret Thatcher, Colin Welland and the Baroness Rothschild on a regular basis. An early career highlight was extracting a piece of cauliflower from the cleavage of the latter. It was the gentlemanly thing to do as Andy had put it there in the first place! After returning to university to study publishing he started his publishing career at the University of Reykjavik on a project called ‘Quality Fish’ which taught Andy never to eat cod again!

Publisher Andy Peden Smith will also continue in his role as Festival Director of the Newcastle Winter Book Festival.