Edward Everett Root Publishers Co. Ltd.


Professor Briggs delivering his typescript to his publisher, September 2015

About the firm

EER is a Publisher committed to good books in which we believe, ​and to authors who focus on important topics.

We want to make a difference. In a world of anonymous conglomerates we will do this consistently. We are publishing a relatively small list of carefully selected titles, and to focus all of our attention on these titles and on the interests of our authors.

The EER firm’s market is primarily academics, graduate students, college and major public libraries, public policy specialists and medical professionals for our healthcare books. We sell through leading booksellers throughout the world.

See Independent Publishers Guild (IPG)  interview with John Spiers

In our first list we are publishing new work by major authors – Asa Briggs, Karol Sikora, John Sutherland, Peter Burke, Wray Vamplew, Stephen Yeo, William Rubinstein, F.M.L. Thompson, and others.  

About major new initiatives

a major new series, Key Popular Women Writers, edited by Dr. Janine Hatter of the University of Hull and Dr. Helena Ifill of the University of Sheffield.

* in literary studies, too, we are especially proud to announce the major new work by Professor John Sutherland, and his collaborator Dr. Johanna Marie Melnyk. This is the first-ever book length study of Henry Colburn (c.1784 - 16 August 1855), The Prince of Puffers. He was one of the most important and constantly innovative 19th century book and periodical publishers.

* in 2018 we will publish the first annual peer-reviewed volume of The British Journal of Shakespeare Studies, edited by Professor William Leahy of Brunel University and a distinguished international scholarly board.  Each volume will have a specific theme. The first volume will be focussed on Shakespeare and Italy. 

Professor Leahy is a noted Shakespeare specialist who is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Brunel. He was previously Head of the School of Arts (now the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences). He has published widely on both Shakespeare and early modern spectacle, culminating in his book Elizabethan Triumphal Processions (Ashgate, 2005). Full details of this important new project will be published shortly. 

* we are also now publishing revised editions of the first two volumes of Professor William D. Rubinstein’s standard works of research and reference on Who Were the Rich? Several entirely new volumes will also follow shortly.

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About the publisher

The founder of our new firm, Professor John Spiers, was for 20 years the founder/owner of The Harvester Press of Brighton. He was the distinguished and prize-winning publisher of some 2,000 titles in history, economics, international affairs, politics, philosophy, psychology and literature. His associated academic microfilming firm also won The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

John has named the firm after his Grandfather, who was a volunteer in the Middlesex Regiment, killed at Ypres in July 1915.

John has an eye for talent, as this new list shows. He previously edited and published J.L. Carr’s Booker-prize runner-up, the now modern-classic novel A Month in The Country. This book also won The Guardian Fiction Prize. He published the international best-seller Godel, Escher, Bach. The Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas C. Hofstadter, and then his work The Mind’s Eye. Each was subsequently placed by Harvester with Penguin.

Harvester’s other successes included The Mathematical Experience by Philip J. Reuben and Hersh Davis, and the leading cognitive-science title Mindstorms by Seymour Papert.

John discovered, edited, and published for the first time the now leading, globally-known historians Roy Foster, John Guy, Patrick Joyce and C.J. Wrigley. He also first published the initial work of Penny Boumelha and Sue Roe. He discovered, edited and published the first novel by Maggie Gee, Dying, In Other Words.

In addition to his work as a professional publisher John is himself a scholar and a well published author. He still holds academic appointments at The School of Advanced Study in the University of London, in the Ruskin Programme at The University of Lancaster, and in the Global Policy Institute at London Metropolitan University.

John built The Harvester Press from scratch over 20 years. It then formed a group of companies sold to Simon & Schuster. John’s other imprint, Wheatsheaf Books, published successful text-books. As with his previous company, he again stresses academic distinction, quality in production, and effective sales.

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