Waterside Press publishes works of interest across the legal system where many titles have become staples for practitioners, tutors and librarians. Waterside authors come from a wide range of backgrounds and include lawyers, judges, campaigners, ex-prisoners, historians, biographers, criminologists and other experts. We also publish works on social history and seek to blend readability with diversity, innovation and integrity.
Amongst Waterside Press publications are Sir William Garrow: His Life Times and Fight for Justice
the contents of which are mirrored in the award-winning BBC TV series 'Garrows Law', whilst Mary Ann Cotton: Britain’s First Female Serial Killer
was the inspiration for ITV's 2016 production 'Dark Angel'. The Little Book of Prison: A Beginners Guide
won a rare Koestler Trust Platinum Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious People's Book Prize.
Founding partner Bryan Gibson is a barrister (Gray's Inn) who worked in the courts. He has written for academic and professional journals as well as The Times
, BBC TV and The Stage
. He was for many years co-editor of the weekly court newspaper Justice of the Peace
(now Criminal Law and Justice Weekly
), legal adviser to the Magistrates' Association, helped developed the blueprint for Unit Fines (which reached the Statute Book in 1991 until abandoned in a Government U-turn), and 'custody-free zones' for young offenders. He has written more than 20 books including Criminal Justice: A Beginner’s Guide
'Waterside' refers to the Itchen Navigation, Winchester on which the original Waterside Press premises stand.