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Wild Swan Books Ltd

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A new start

In December 2014 Paul Karau and June Judge sold the book business of Wild Swan Publications to Simon Castens of the Titfield Thunderbolt bookshop. Magazine publishing would remain with Paul under the name "Cygnet Magazines" whilst the book side of the business would henceforth operate under the name of "Wild Swan Books".

This marked a retirement of sorts for Paul after 35 years of producing books that had set new standards for railway publishing, many Wild Swan titles are still amongst those most sought after by enthusiasts and collectors alike. The acqusition of the Wild Swan book business and stock by Simon Castens represented a significant personal increase in commitment to railway book publishing and selling. Paul would remain involved on the creative and production side of the new business for the foreseeable future.

Simon Castens said that balancing the expectation of quality built up over 35 years and demand for new titles against a rapidly changing market and new technology were challenges for the business, but Wild Swan's painstaking production, high editorial standards and Paul's huge creative flair were unique assets that combined with proactive marketing and the use of new technology would offer significant opportunities for growth.

And new distribution arrangements

Retail customers

Whilst Wild Swan books will still be delighted to supply you directly, we are very keen to support the growing number of bookshops and specialist retailers that stock our titles. To assist customers in seeing and handling our books before purchase, we have produced a list of stock holding retailers together with details of their addresses and contact details, please go to the retail stockists page.

If you wish to order directly from us now then please go to our illustrated booklist.

Trade customers

Wild Swan books will be delighted to supply you with our books under normal trade terms, if you do not have an account and wish to open one then please contact sales@wildswanbooks.co.uk

We have also appointed two specialist distributors to help distribute our titles, enabling trade customers to obtain Wild Swan books even more easily:


Clive Luhrs Publishing Services Bookworld Wholesale

Clive provides a comprehensive railway and transport book wholesaling service, handling a very wide range of books from both small and large publishers.

Speaking from experience as a customer of Clive's over 20 years I can wholeheartedly vouch for his friendly and efficient service.

For Wild Swan covering Scotland, the North, Central England and the Midlands.

Call Clive on 01828 628810

"Dalblair" Union Street, Coupar Angus Perthshire PH13 9AE


A family run book wholesaling business established  in 1986 by Les Gainham and now run by his son Justin.

Bookworld specialise in transport and military books, being very well known in the military modelling area and also have a wide experience of both importing and exporting specialist books.

For Wild Swan covering the South West and Southern England and also International territories. 

Call Justin on 01299 823330

Unit 10 Hodfar Road, Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, Stouport on Severn, DY13 9QB

History Ethos Future
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