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Snake River Press was founded in 2006 by Peter Bridgewater, in a move away from mass-market publishing and back to the integrity of thoughtful, well-made books. Peter first came to Sussex as a design student in the early 1970s and has been here ever since. He began his career as a book designer for art publishers Thames & Hudson before establishing his own prestigious design consultancy in Brighton. In 1996 he co-founded The Ivy Press, a design-led publishing house that creates high-quality books for an international market.

For Peter, Snake River Press is a way of combining his publishing skills with an enduring love of Sussex. He lives in the heart of some of the most exhilarating countryside in the South Downs National Park. In sight of his home is Cuckmere Haven, a spectacular floodplain where the Cuckmere River snakes dramatically into the English Channel. This magical setting was the inspiration for Snake River Press, and you can see the distinctive landscape reflected in the logo.

Our trademark is great editorial mixed with superb design. For each title we commission expert authors to write clear and thought-provoking texts, and talented artists to create memorable artwork. Exceptionally high production values are applied at every stage of the manufacturing process, from the choice of typeface to the stylish bindings.

Bibliophilic aficionados (‘anoraks’ in plain English) may want to study our production specification.