About Us

Our Mission

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‘Putting justice into words’ is the Waterside Press mission. Since 1989 our titles have become a staple for practitioners, tutors, students, librarians, and general readers. We publish chiefly in the fields of crime, legal biography/history, miscarriages of justice, drugs, justice for women, child law, prisons, judicial matters, policing, probation, human rights, racial equality, youth justice, mental health and therapy.

Waterside authors come from a range of backgrounds. They include lawyers, judges, campaigners, youth workers, social workers, ex-prisoners, historians, criminologists, scientists and other experts. We aim to blend accessibility, diversity, innovation, transparency and integrity.

Well-known Waterside publications include Sir William Garrow (as mirrored in the award-winning BBC TV series ‘Garrows Law’), Mary Ann Cotton (the inspiration for ITV’s ‘Dark Angel’), and Napper (the basis for the Channel 4’s drama series ‘Deceit’.

The Little Book of Prison won a rare Koestler Trust Platinum Award and was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize, whilst The Curious Mr Howard was re-issued in Russian for the citizens of Kherson, Ukraine (pre-invasion), resting place of penal reformer, John Howard.

Campaigning works include The Cardiff Five, The First Miscarriage of Justice, The Cameo Conspiracy, Murderers or Martyrs, Mothering Justice and For Abolition. Less serious works include Good Moaning France and the play The Man They Couldn’t Hang.

Other Waterside Press books range from those about serial killers to those for children with a parent in prison. We publish the widely used Geese Theatre Handbook, much acclaimed The Maze Prison, Helena Normanton and the Opening of the Bar to Women (about the first woman barrister), Our Magistracy, Brain and Mind Made Simple and ground-breaking The Jewish Contribution to English Law, whilst powerful stories of hope and recovery include I’m Still Standing, Your Honour Can I Tell You My Story?, The Lost Boyz, Fifty-one Moves and Call Me Auntie.

Details of their authors appear on the linked pages.

The Waterside Press Partnership

Alex Gibson is the Waterside Press managing partner. A History and Politics graduate (BA Hons, Exeter University) he has worked in the media for over 20 years, including for broadcasters ITV and Sky. His great passion is scuba diving and he is also the founder/owner of Dived Up Publications (see www.DivedUp.com).

Bryan Gibson who is a (non-practising) barrister is a sleeping partner/investor in Waterside Press. He has written books within the Waterside niche as well as for, e.g. the Guardian, BBC TV, Criminal Law Review and The Stage. He previously worked with the Home Office, (former) Lord Chancellor’s Department and in the courts.

Waterside Press Ltd (company number 04474187) (established 2002) is the final Waterside Press partner dealing mainly with contracts and the ownership of our titles.

Waterside beginnings

‘Waterside’ refers to the Itchen Navigation which flows through Winchester city centre on which the original Waterside Press premises stood.

The Itchen Navigation, Winchester
The Itchen Navigation

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If you would like us to consider your proposal, please complete our submissions form. We cannot promise to publish your manuscript but if is within our niche we promise to consider it.

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Associated Publishing Services

We offer various services including sponsored publishing projects, joint venture publishing and editing. Please use our Special Enquiries form to ask about any of these.

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Orders and General Enquiries

You can order securely at this website: browse our catalogue here. All prices quoted are for the Waterside Press direct mail order service only. All our titles are also available via regular suppliers such as Amazon and Waterstones.
Orders direct from Waterside Press are typically despatched within 24-48 hours (pre-publication orders as soon as stock becomes available).

Attention is drawn to the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling Regulations) 2000 (SI 2000 No. 2334). We will always uphold your rights and are dedicated to your complete satisfaction. If you need any kind of assistance, please contact us.

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Trade Orders/Distribution

Our main trade distributors are Gardners Books and for most titles Ingrams/Lightning Source. Bookshops, retailers etc. can find further information on our Trade Orders page. Again, if you need assistance, please contact us.

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Review/Inspection Copies

If you would like to review one of our titles, e.g. for a journal or newspaper please see our review policy and follow the link to fill in the request form. There are additional resources on our Press/Media Information page. We are happy to provide inspection copies to lecturers, etc. where the book is being considered as a set/required/recommended text. Also film-makers/producers of drama and documentaries. Please fill in the form linked from the inspection copies page.

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Company Address

Waterside Press, Sherfield Gables, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0JG, United Kingdom.

Registered Office for Waterside Press Ltd: Sherfield Gables, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0JG, United Kingdom. Company number: 4474187.

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