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Half Moon Bay Launches New Publishing Imprint Ice House Books

Half Moon Bay Launches New Publishing Imprint Ice House Books

Monday 1st October 2018


Half Moon Bay to create a range of new gift books with Finnish brand Moomin and classic British brand Thunderbirds in the UK. 

BATH, October 2018. Half Moon Bay, leading licensed product and gift wholesaler, is pleased to announce their new publishing imprint Ice House Books, led by Head of Licensing and Product Development Etta Saunders Bingham and Publishing Manager Samantha Rigby. Etta Saunders Bingham said “It makes perfect sense for Half Moon Bay to move into gift books and the new list from Ice House Books offers engaging and accessible content for our existing customer base to enjoy.”

Ice House Books will see Half Moon Bay grow their expanding Licence portfolio, with a list of exciting licences lined up for a Spring/Summer 2019 launch. The mini hardback range will be rolled out to the book and gifting industry, aimed specifically at independent gift shops who are looking for quirky and fun material that reflects popular culture and features some of the characters from Half Moon Bay’s product ranges. The new publishing imprint will launch with two titles from January 2019.

The Moomin Comfort Food cookbook “offers some tasty little recipes to enjoy alongside excerpts from the Moomin cartoons perfect for some Moomin-style family fun in the kitchen”, says Etta Saunders Bingham. Caroline Mickler, UK Licensing Agent for Moomin, said “I am delighted to be working with Half Moon Bay. Their design approach is spot on”.

The Thunderbirds Lady Penelope’s Boss Lady Handbook “makes the perfect gift for classy women everywhere, offering pearls of wisdom to inspire and entertain, mixed with nostalgic images from the Classic Thunderbirds series”, comments Etta Saunders Bingham. Steve Green, EVP Kids Content and Distribution at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said “Half Moon Bay have taken a fresh and fun approach to Thunderbirds, infusing this nostalgic brand with a contemporary feel that will appeal to fans old and new”.

Samantha Rigby, Publishing Manager, said “It’s a real pleasure to be managing this publishing venture for Half Moon Bay. At Ice House Books we’re creating quirky gift books that are packed with humour and style, and I can’t wait for the world to see them out at retail.”

Both Moomin and Thunderbirds licences are new additions to Half Moon Bay’s licensed portfolio, which will see gifting ranges also launching in 2019. 


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