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Jacaranda Books
FoundedDecember 2011; 9 years ago (December 2011)
FounderValerie Brandes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Key peopleJazzmine Breary, Magdalene Abraha
No. of employees3
Official websitejacarandabooks.co.uk

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Jacaranda Books is a British independent book publishing firm founded in 2011 and known for their effort tackling the gap between white authors and the BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) demographic in United Kingdom's publishing industry[1][lower-alpha 1][upper-alpha 1]

Outline of Jacaranda Books[edit]

Jacaranda Books[upper-alpha 2] was founded in London by Valerie Brandes after she left Profile Books.[5] The company began in 2011 under the name of Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd.[6] It publishes adult fiction: literary, commercial and genre fiction (including crime, romance historical, fantasy and science fiction); non-fiction: biography and memoir (including science, music and medical-related), popular culture, politics, and history; and poetry anthologies.[lower-alpha 2]

BAME publishing[edit]

In 2011, the publishing industry had a homogenised white, middle-class and Oxbridge-dominated workforce.[8] This was reflected in the content published in the industry as a whole which mirrored the situation.[9] In 2017, across 90% of the book publishing industry this situation remained the same.[10]

Jacaranda's purpose is the long-term promotion of inclusivity and diversity in publishing[11] and continuing the legacy of diverse publishing pioneers such as Margaret Busby, Verna Wilkins, Eric Huntley and Jessica Huntley.[12] In October 2019, Jacaranda signed to acquire world English rights on Living the Dream, the debut novel of former financial trader Isabelle Dupuy.[13]


Jacaranda Books have addressed this lack of diversity[8][9][10] and the culture of risk aversion[14] in the industry by publishing worldwide renowned titles (such as Rest in power) and award winning authors (including Bernice McFadden, Anthony Anaxagorou, Anietie Isong or Uzma Aslam Khan) which were previously unpublished in UK.

Since the firm's foundation they have been active in the public sphere and have participated in the conversation of the state and the future of diversity of UK's publishing: Attending festivals,[15] talks, committees,[5] discussion panels,[16] masterclass sessions[17] and contributing to independent divulgation reports such as Writing The Future.[18]

Looking towards 2020, Jacaranda Books announced they will publish 20 Black British authors in a campaign called Twenty In 2020,[lower-roman 1][20][21] in collaboration with the creative communications agency Words of Colour.[22] Around the same time as this announcement, Jacaranda also announced an “unexpected" £25,000 funding boost.[23] In July 2019, this project was extended to include a partnership with the London Library to further support the twenty selected authors,[24] and Foyles announced their partnership in the project.[25]

List of books[edit]

Since 2011 Jacaranda have published books of a diverse background, including multiple award winners authors and books.[upper-alpha 3][14]

In January 2019 their list of titles ran as follows:

  1. Fashion Africa, Jacqueline Shaw, 2014, ISBN 9781909762008 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  2. Glass, Patrick Wilmot, 2014, ISBN 9781909762015 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  3. The Colour Black, Maia Walczak, 2014, ISBN 9781909762022 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  4. So the Path Does Not Die, Pede Hollist, 2014, ISBN 9781909762039 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  5. The Blink That Killed The Eye, Anthony Anaxagorou, 2014 ISBN 9781909762046 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  6. Satans and Shaitans, Obinna Udenwe, 2014, ISBN 9781909762053 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  7. Every Boy Should Have a Man, Preston L. Allen, 2015, ISBN 9781909762176 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  8. No More Heroes, Stephen Thompson, 2015, ISBN 9781909762121 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  9. Tram 83, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, 2015, ISBN 9781909762220 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  10. The Elephant and the Bee, Jess de Boer, 2016, ISBN 9781909762244 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  11. Beyond the Pale: Folklore, family and the mystery of our hidden genes, 2016, Emily Urquhart, ISBN 9781909762336 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  12. From Pasta to Pigfoot, Frances Mensah Williams, Series: 2015, ISBN 9781909762206 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.; 2016, ISBN 9781909762275 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  13. Butterfly Fish, Irenosen Okojie, 2015 (published in 2016), ISBN 9781909762312 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  14. Speak Gigantular, Irenosen Okojie, 2016, ISBN 9781909762299 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  15. The Book of Harlan, Bernice McFadden, 2016, ISBN 9781909762435 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  16. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, 2017, ISBN 9781909762572 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  17. Radio Sunrise, Anietie Isong, 2017, ISBN 9781909762374 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  18. Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen, Stephen Bourne, 2016 (published in 2017), ISBN 9781909762350 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  19. Dancing the Death Drill, Fred Khumalo, 2017, ISBN 9781909762534 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  20. My Beautiful Shadow, Radhika Jha, 2017, ISBN 9781909762473 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  21. Swimming with Fishes, Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm, 2017, ISBN 9781909762459 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  22. Murder in Montego Bay, Paula Lennon, 2017, ISBN 9781909762411 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  23. The Writers’ Retreat, Indu Balachandran, 2017, ISBN 9781909762510 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  24. Of Murder, Muses and Me, Claudia Chibici-Revneanu, 2017, ISBN 9781909762398 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  25. The Reactive, Masande Ntshanga, 2017, ISBN 9781909762596 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  26. Taty Went West, Nikhil Singh, 2017, ISBN 9781909762619 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  27. Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, Cyrus Bozorgmehr, 2017, ISBN 9781909762657 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.[27][28] (See Cilvaringz's page)
  28. The Impossible Five, Justin Fox, 2017, ISBN 9781909762558 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  29. Thinner Than Skin, Uzma Aslam Khan, 2018, ISBN 9781909762671 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  30. War to Windrush, Stephen Bourne, 2018, ISBN 9781909762855 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  31. Murder under the palms, Paula Lennon, 2018, ISBN 9781909762862 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  32. Praise Song for the Butterflies, Bernice McFadden, 2018 (published in 2019 in UK), ISBN 9781909762886 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  33. A Book of Secrets, Kate Morrison, 2019, ISBN 9781909762695 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  34. A Girl Called Eel, Ali Zamir, 2016 (published in 2019 in UK), ISBN 9781909762817 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  35. Triangulum, Masande Ntshanga, 2019, ISBN 9781909762954 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  36. Lifting the Fire Hydrant, Kate Fullen, 2019, ISBN 9781909762947 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  37. Deadly Sacrifice, Stella Ahmadu, 2020
  38. Of Mice and Men, DD Armstrong, 2020
  39. Bad Love, Maame Blue, 2020
  40. How To Make Sticky Finger Soup, Emmanuella Dekonor, 2020
  41. If I Don't Have You, Sareeta Domingo, 2020
  42. The Street Hawkers Apprentice, Kabir Kareem-Bello, 2020
  43. Love Again, Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm, 2020
  44. Under Solomon Skies, Berni Sorga-Millwood, 2020
  45. Black Star, Stephen Thompson, 2020
  46. Lote, Shola von Rheinhold, 2020
  47. Through the Leopards Gaze, Njambi McGrath, 2020
  48. The Space Between Black and White, Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith, 2020
  49. A Circle of Five, Harris Joshua, 2020
  50. Are We Home Yet?, Kate Massey, 2020
  51. Black History Walks, Tony Warner, 2020
  52. Locating Strong Woman, Tolu Agbelusi, 2020
  53. Jamakspeare, Brenda Garrick, 2020
  54. The First Collection, Sarah Lipton-Sidibeh, 2020
  55. Untitled, Hibaq Osman, 2020
  56. On Reflection, Adjoa Wiredu, 2020

Inpress and Jacaranda links[edit]

Press Releases[edit]

Calls for manuscript submissions[edit]


  1. "Diversity in publishing – still hideously middle-class and white?". The Guardian. December 9, 2017. while there is a greater buzz around inclusive works, it is still largely being produced outside mainstream spaces ... Jacaranda Books have shown dynamism despite limited resources
  2. "Jacaranda Books". africanliterarymagazines.singlestory.org. November 4, 2015. Jacaranda Books seeks provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues.
  3. "Inpress Festival of Publishing". peepaltreepress.com. January 31, 2018. ... Jacaranda Books to tackle the lack of diversity in the publishing industry, and noted that since its beginning, Jacaranda has been inundated with manuscripts which demonstrates the crying need for BAME publishers
  4. "Inpress Books - Publishers List". inpressbooks.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Valerie Brandes, founder of Jacaranda Books, speaks at St Hilda's Gender Equality Festival". talks.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019. She left Profile Books to set up Jacaranda Books Art Music in 2012 and is also on the committee for Fiction Uncovered
  6. "JACARANDA BOOKS ART MUSIC LTD". Companies House. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  7. "TwentyIn2020 call for submissions". Jacaranda Books. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Claire Squires. Publishing’s diversity deficit (PDF). University of Leicester. Retrieved 6 February 2019. publishing had a homogenised white, middle-class and even Oxbridge-dominated workforce
  9. 9.0 9.1 BAME and shame: How non-white writers are shunned by the books industry The writer Irenosen Okojie, whose short story collection Speak Gigantular will be out this June (2016), comments that “it’s encouraging to see publishers like Darf, who publish Arabic works in translation, and Jacaranda Books and Influx Press, who are actively looking to publish writers of colour.” bbc.co.uk, 19 April 2016, accessed 13 January 2019
  10. 10.0 10.1 "UK publishing industry remains 90% white". The Guardian. September 6, 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  11. Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd United Kingdom issuu.com, "...it is our mission to create a space for lesser known, diverse voices to be seen and heard by new readers.", accessed 24 January 2019
  12. "Women publishers bringing back diversity". spreadtheword.org.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019. ... hopes to honour and continue the tradition of black publishers who came before them, particularly renown figures such as Margaret Busby and Verna Wilkins
  13. Katie Mansfield: Jacaranda signs 'deeply incisive' debut from former financial trader www.thebookseller.com, 2 October 2019 accessed 28 December 2019
  14. 14.0 14.1 Caeless, Kit. "Inside the UK's most radical indie publishers Part one: Jacaranda Books". huckmag.com. Retrieved 4 January 2020. with its focus on chasing trends and imitating previous successes, mainstream publishing is fundamentally risk-averse
  15. Esther Kuforiji (February 20, 2016). "Stories of Blackness, Literary Festivals". medium.com. Retrieved 6 February 2019. ...during the Festival, entitled ‘What lies ahead for publishing”. I will be joined by Crystal from Own It London, Valerie from Jacaranda Books and Sherif from Darf Books, and we will be discussing our visions for the future of publishing
  16. "How we take our stories back". mfest.org. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  17. "Publishing Masterclass with Jazzmine Breary: Our voice, our stories". University of Kingston. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  18. Writing the Future report (PDF). spreadtheword.org.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  19. @JacarandaBooks (January 29, 2019). "We have selected our 20 Black British writers for #Twentyin2020" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. "Jacaranda reveals plans to publish 20 black British writers in 2020". The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  21. Jacaranda Books to publish 20 authors in 2020 Works will include adult fiction, nonfiction and poetry voice-online.co.uk 13/02/2018, accessed 13 January 2019
  22. Sophie McEvoy: Jacaranda Books' #Twentyin2020 Campaign Aims To Tackle The Lack Of Diversity In UK Publishing www.bustle.com, 29 January 2019, accessed 28 December 2019
  23. Philip Jones: Fight club www.thebookseller.com 1 February 2019, accessed 28 December 2019
  24. Twenty in 2020 for Black British Writing 19 July 2019 www.londonlibrary.co.uk, accessed 28 December 2019
  25. Katie Mansfield: Foyles joins forces with Jacaranda to celebrate black British writers 18 July 2019 www.thebookseller.com, accessed 3 January 2020
  26. Catalogue jacarandabooksartmusic.co.uk, accessed 28 December 2019
  27. "The Bookseller: Untold story of Wu-Tang album to Jacaranda". thebookseller.com. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  28. The Inside Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Single Copy Album You'll Never Hear Once Upon a Time in Shaolin... is out now via Jacaranda Books... noisey.vice.com 18 Oct 2017, accessed 13 January 2019

External links[edit]

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