Fairlight Books

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Fairlight Books
File:Fairlight Books Logo.jpg
FounderLouise Boland
Country of originUK
Headquarters locationOxford
Fiction genresLiterary Fiction
Official websitehttp://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/

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Fairlight Books is a literary fiction publisher based in Oxford, England. Fairlight Books publishes long fiction and novellas. Under its imprint Fairlight Shorts the company also publishes short stories to their website. Fairlight Books accepts submissions direct from writers.


Fairlight Books was founded in the spring of 2017 by former managing director and co-founder of Opus Energy, Louise Boland[1]. The publisher launched amid ACE’s growing concerns for literary fiction[2] with the aim to 'celebrate quality writing and promote the best of new and contemporary literary fiction'[3]. As part of the company's ethos Fairlight Books accepts submissions direct from writers through their website. In October 2017 the company released a Code of Practice for Submissions[4], detailing their commitment to submitting writers.

Fairlight Books is a member of the IPG[5]. They also have ties to the Independent Bookshop Alliance and participated in the House of Lords Meeting to discuss the unique challenges facing independent bookshops[6]. They have been active in promoting the resulting petition, 'Give British bookshops cultural exemptions from business rates' started by The Booksellers Association.

Employee Lindsey Woollard was quoted in The Bookseller as saying:

“All of us at Fairlight Books agree that bookshops are cultural assets and should be treated as such. An exemption could make all the difference, signing this petition is a great way to show your support!”[7].

The company has also been involved in some charity work. In October 2017 the entire company took part in Take on 12 fundraiser run by The Alzheimer's Society.


Long Fiction[edit]

Fairlight Books has currently published these long fiction titles:

  • The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark
  • The Tale of Senyor Rodriguez by Lou Gilmond
  • The Madonna of the Pool by Helen Stancey

The publisher plans to continue building their long fiction list as the year progresses.


Fairlight Books launched the Fairlight Moderns series with five novellas in July, 2018[8].

  • Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn - Longlisted for the 2018 Not The Booker by The Guardian[9]
  • Travelling in the Dark by Emma Timpany - Longlisted for the 2018 Not The Booker by The Guardian[9]
  • The Driveway Has Two Sides by Sara Marchant
  • Inside the Bone Box by Anthony Ferner
  • There Are Things I Know by Karen B. Golightly

Fairlight Shorts[edit]

Under the Fairlight Short imprint Fairlight Books publishes short stories to their website. These stories are free to submit and access. The purpose of the imprint is to promote talented authors.


  1. "Former energy chief turns literary fiction publisher". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  2. "Henley reveals ACE's 'concerns for literary fiction'". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  3. "About Us". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  4. "Code of Practice for Submissions". Fairlight Books. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  5. "Meet the Member". Independent Publishers Guild. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  6. "The Big Issue backs Independent Bookshop Alliance launch". The Big Issue. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  7. "The Bookseller calls on trade to back business rates petition". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  8. "Fairlight launches novellas series". Book Brunch. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Not the Book longlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-06.

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