Founded in Notting Hill in 1984 on a shoestring budget and acquired by HarperCollins in 2000, 4th Estate is one of the most innovative imprints in the publishing industry, with a reputation for producing critically-acclaimed and beautifully-designed titles. We made history by publishing Hilary Mantel‘s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which made her the first woman and first British writer to win the award twice. We are the home of Pulitzer Prize winners Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See and Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies. We publish the Samuel Johnson Prize winning authors Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Philip Hoare.

We explore American life with authors such as Jonathan FranzenAnnie ProulxMichael Chabon and Jeffrey Eugenides, and celebrate African and Asian literature with the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Yiyun Li. We inspire cooks with books by Nigel SlaterGiorgio Locatelli and Anna Jones, and our nonfiction authors – Lena DunhamMatt RidleyBen Goldacre and Hadley Freeman among them – influence the opinions and beliefs of readers around the world. Our office bookshelves teem with classics from essential writers like J.G. BallardJoan DidionPenelope FitzgeraldArundhati Roy and Joyce Carol Oates.

From fiction to cookery, biography to polemic, 4th Estate is the home of literature at its best.

Contact Us

4th Estate

The News Building

1 London Bridge Street



For publicity enquiries please email: 4thestate.publicity [at] harpercollins.co.uk

For general enquiries please email: 4thestate.marketing [at] harpercollins.co.uk

Telephone: 020 8741 7070


We regret that we are not able to accept unsolicited submissions. Thank you for your interest.

Work Experience

We are firm believers that everyone should have an equal opportunity to do work experience with us. Because of this, we have a random selection process, based on 4 application questions. The only things that will influence your application are when you’re available and which department you’d like to join.

As much as we’d like to, high demand means we’re unable to offer everyone a place. If you’re successful, we’ll contact you to confirm the details. If we don’t have a place for you this time round, do keep trying.

To be eligible for a place:

  • You must be over 18 at point of placement
  • You must not have carried out a work experience placement with us (in any department) within the last year.
  • You must have the right to work and train in the UK

Please email 4thestateworkexperience [at] harpercollins.co.uk for instructions on how to apply.