We are Blackwell & Ruth (formerly PQ Blackwell), award-winning creators of international book projects for publishers in 40 countries. Our books are founded on subjects that matter to us and, we hope, make a difference to the world.
Susan Carland - shot by Kieran Scott for 200 Women
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In 2016 we started an epic global journey . . . to find 200 Women. . . to listen to their stories of truth and wisdom, of pain and happiness, and of inspiration. Founded on original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits, this landmark book is the realisation of the journey to find two hundred women with diverse backgrounds, and to ask them what really matters to them.
Nelson Mandela Foundation, image by Andrew Zuckerman
© Nelson Mandela Foundation, image by Andrew Zuckerman

EQUALITY

We were fortunate to originate three books with Nelson Mandela and his colleagues at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. We have sold Madiba's books in 35 languages. One of those books – Conversations with Myself – featured a foreword by President Obama. We originated the only authorised portrait of Princess Diana, as well as books with South African anti-apartheid heroes Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Ahmed Kathrada.
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From The Great South African Cookbook, image © Toby Murphy
We have created a bestselling series of cookbooks that has already raised over $1 million for organisations devoted to providing meals for people in need. We have a major new title in development – The Great American Cookbook – which will be released in 2017.
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HUMANITY

We have created a number of internationally bestselling projects focused on humanity. We created M.I.L.K. (Moments of Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship) to celebrate what it is to be part of a family, to have friendship and, more than anything else, to be loved. The M.I.L.K. series of books sold over four million copies around the world and led us to create a high end photo books business.
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ENVIRONMENT

We have created a number of award-winning books conceived to both celebrate the beauty of nature, and to provoke debate and action towards preserving it.
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NEW PROJECTS

We currently have several new projects in development, including:

200 WOMEN

200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World is a book and exhibition about equality, founded on 200 original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits with women from diverse backgrounds around the world. It features women who are famous and unknown; celebrated and marginalised; of all cultures; survivors and leaders; victims and heroes; saints and sinners. Women who will educate and inspire us and bring positive change in a time when so many women and girls are still fighting for basic freedom and equality.

An international publishing event to be released in two formats and multiple languages.

Publication: Fall 2017

DARE NOT LINGER

Dare Not Linger is the story of Nelson Mandela's presidency, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to step down, but was unable to finish. Now, the renowned South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, contemporary notes Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of unseen material from his personal archive. The result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency, years in which he overcame the challenges of transition and made a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

Publication: Fall 2017

NELSON MANDELA: PRISON LETTERS

The definitive book of Nelson Mandela's prison correspondence brings us closer to one of the great leaders of our time. This selection, chosen from the complete known collection of Mandela's archive of prison correspondence, features approximately 300 letters written during his 27 years in prison, many of them previously unpublished. Painstakingly researched, authenticated, catalogued and contextually annotated for the first time by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the letters are drawn from the Foundation's own archive, as well as public and private collections held by the Mandela family and South African government archives.

Publication: July 2018
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