Acheron Press was established in 2008 by Neel Burton for the purpose of independently producing and publishing challenging, thought-provoking books.

The name ‘Acheron’ was inspired by a verse from Vergil’s Aeneid :

      Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo

The line is often translated as, ‘If I cannot bend Heaven, I shall move Hell’, and was chosen by Freud as the epigraph to his Interpretation of Dreams.

According to the psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim, the line encapsulates Freud’s theory that people who have no control over the outside world turn inward to the underworld of their own minds.

Booksellers please note:
Books published by Acheron Press are distributed by NBN International in the UK and Europe, and by Chicago Distribution Centre in the USA.

March 2014: The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting is first published. See
March 2013: Plato: Letters to my Son is first published. See
September 2012: Living with Schizophrenia, 2nd Edition is published.
March 2012: Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception is first published.
February 2012: Neel Burton gives a TED talk in Maribor, Slovenia, The Anatomy of Melancholy: Can depression be good for you?
September 2011: The Art of Failure receives a Public Understanding of Science accolade from the British Medical Association.
July 2011: Aristotle's Universe is first published.
July 2011: German translation of The Meaning of Madness is first published.
June 2011: The Art of Failure is a 'Book of the Month' at Blackwell Charing Cross.
April 2011: Brazilian rights for Plato's Shadow are sold to Editora Pensamento-Cultrix.
July 2010: Neel Burton is 'Science Author of the Month' at Blackwell Oxford.
June 2010: Growing from Depression is first published.
September 2012: Living with Schizophrenia, 2nd Edition is first published.
March 2010: The Art of Failure is first published.

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