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Our mission: Putting justice into words

Waterside Press publishes works of interest across the legal system where many titles have become staples for practitioners, tutors and librarians. Waterside authors come from a wide range of backgrounds and include lawyers, judges, campaigners, ex-prisoners, historians, biographers, criminologists and other experts. We also publish works on social history and seek to blend readability with diversity, innovation and integrity.

Amongst Waterside Press publications are Sir William Garrow: His Life Times and Fight for Justice the contents of which are mirrored in the award-winning BBC TV series 'Garrows Law', whilst Mary Ann Cotton: Britains First Female Serial Killer was the inspiration for ITV's 2016 production 'Dark Angel'. The Little Book of Prison: A Beginners Guide won a rare Koestler Trust Platinum Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious People's Book Prize.

Founding partner Bryan Gibson is a barrister (Gray's Inn) who worked in the courts. He has written for academic and professional journals as well as The Times, Guardian, BBC TV and The Stage. He was for many years co-editor of the weekly court newspaper Justice of the Peace (now Criminal Law and Justice Weekly), legal adviser to the Magistrates' Association, helped developed the blueprint for Unit Fines (which reached the Statute Book in 1991 until abandoned in a Government U-turn), and 'custody-free zones' for young offenders. He has written more than 20 books including Criminal Justice: A Beginners Guide.

'Waterside' refers to the Itchen Navigation, Winchester on which the original Waterside Press premises stand.


If you would like us to consider your book for publication please complete our submissions form.

Additional Services: Joint Venture Publishing

We receive a considerable number of manuscripts not all of which fit the Waterside Press niche. Others may do so and be quite worthy but our experience may lead to reservations about whether they would generate a sufficient return on our investment. Where this happens we are sometimes able to facilitate either highly competitive assisted self-publishing or, but only in those instances where we judge the manuscript to be within our field, to a sufficient standard and in line with our own mission (as to which see Our mission: Putting justice into words), a joint venture approach under the Waterside Press imprint using our editing, marketing and other services. This offer is available to organizations, institutions and individuals, when our terms will depend on the exact nature of what is involved. Please use our joint venture submission form to enquire.

Orders and General Enquiries

You can order securely from this website. All prices quoted are for direct mail orders only. We have always sold direct (as well as through bookshops). Browse our catalogue here.

Orders are typically despatched within 24-48 hours. Pre-publication orders will be despatched as soon as we have stock available. Attention is drawn to the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling Regulations) 2000 (SI 2000 No. 2334). We will uphold your rights - we are dedicated to your complete satisfaction.

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Trade Orders/Distribution

Bookshops etc. can find details of distributors and further information on our Trade Orders page. If you need assistance please Contact Us.

Review/Inspection Copies

If you would like to review one of our titles, please see our review policy and follow the link to fill in the request form. There are additional resources on our Press/Media Information page. We are happy to provide inspection copies to lecturers, teachers, etc. where the book is being considered, bona fide, as a set/required text for educational purposes. See the details and fill in the form linked from the inspection copies page.

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Company Address

Waterside Press, Sherfield Gables, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0JG, United Kingdom.

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Waterside Press Ltd

As part of a transition to limited company status certain works are now published by Waterside Press Ltd (established 2002). These works may also appear on this web-site.

Director: Bryan Gibson.

Registered Office: Sherfield Gables, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0JG, United Kingdom.

Company number: 4474187.

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