Michael Leventhal


Where it all started

I’ve worked in publishing since 2001 when I joined my father Lionel Leventhal at Greenhill Books and Chatham Publishing. The imprints have a rich backlist of almost 1,000 military and maritime titles. The majority of these books are still in print, in English and many other languages.

Greenhill Books

In 2016, I relaunched the Greenhill Books publishing programme and, at the same time, I launched a Jewish children’s book imprint named Green Bean Books. You can read the Bookseller magazine report about it here and here

The History Press

I spent two years at The History Press establishing a new publishing military and transport programme. I’m proud of many of the books commissioned and published during this period, including James Waterson’s book on Vlad the Impaler.

Frontline Books

I established the Frontline Books imprint, part of the Pen & Sword group, in 2007 and I was responsible for commissioning and publishing more than 100 bestselling works including He Was My Chief, by Christa Schroeder, John H Gill’s 1809 Thunder on the Danube trilogy and Joel Greenberg’s Gordon Welchman biography.

Green Bean Books

After I became a father I spent more time looking at children’s books.  I established a new Jewish children’s book imprint, dedicated to publishing inspiring new stories with Jewish content, as well as translating brilliant Hebrew works into English and resurrecting classic Yiddish tales for a new audience. I also founded a children’s book award to try and inspire European Jewish writers and illustrators to tackle works with Jewish content. You can read about the awards here. One book was the subject of a small controversy when the Chinese censor intervened and blocked a map of Israel!  You can read the story here.  I am also particularly proud to have published the first Jewish children’s book with braille throughout. You can read about it here. 

A little something extra

Shalom magazine and more

You can read a piece I wrote for Muswell Hill synagogue’s Shalom magazine, or one that I wrote for Elstree and Borehamwood’s Link magazine.

Bookseller Magazine

Finally, I have been interviewed by the Bookseller magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and other journals and leading bloggers including Barbara Bietz and World Kit Lit.