Little TOller Books


Tell us about Little Toller.

We’re a small publisher, based in Dorset, and we publish books about nature and landscape. We began by republishing classics of rural writing like Clare Leighton’s Four Hedges, a Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell , and W G Hoskins’ Making of the English Landscape. We now publish contemporary writers like John Burnside, Fiona Sampson, Horatio Clare and Marcus Sedgwick.


What’s important to your business?

We’re small, and we always will be, but we’re ambitious in our field – we also run an environmental arts charity called Common Ground which is about connecting people to the landscapes they live in, and celebrating local distinctiveness. The look and feel of our books is really important to us – we spend a lot of time making sure that the books are beautifully designed and using a group of talented artists to help us do so.


What inspires you?

Our primary inspiration is of course the landscapes all around us, and specifically around Dorset, but we also take much from the great nature writers of our age and previous ages, from artists like Eric Ravilious, John Piper and contemporaries like Alice Pattullo, Johnny Hannah and Bea Forshall.