The anniversaries of two oldest imprints, John Murray and Hodder & Stoughton, two UK-based publishing houses were celebrated in a huge party.
John Murray was established in 1768 by John Murray I and has been run by successors who shared his name. It was owned by John Murray VI until it was acquired by Hodder Headline in 2002. It is known for publishing authors like Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Byronand and Charles Darwin.
Hodder & Stoughton can be traced back to the 1840s, when Matthew Hodder, at the age of 14 was employed with Messrs Jackson and Walford, the official publisher for the Congregational Union. However, it was officially founded in 1868 when Thomas Wilberforce Stoughton joined with Matthew Henry Hodder to create Hodder & Stoughton.
Hodder & Stoughton was bought by Headline in 1993 and the company became a division of Hodder Headline Ltd. In 2004 it was bought by Hachette Livre.