riverrun is Quercus's new literary imprint, established to showcase the best in literary fiction, upmarketing crime and top-class non-fiction.
As part of Quercus, over the years riverrun have been curating a list that, in its diversity, has one feature to mark it out – the writing. We’ve found talent in many different forms, and it’s the writers themselves that make riverrun what it is.
Choosing the name of the new imprint – riverrun – was more complicated than we could have imagined, but all along the solution was across the road. A river.
It is, of course, the first word of one of the most famous – and probably unread – books ever written, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. We hope our imprint will attain the first quality and our books will avoid the second.
We will publish books we intend to be international, as relevant to Sydney as Sydenham – which brings me back to Joyce: in the particular is contained the universal.