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Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books has established itself as an independent publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction. We are a small, lively company and pride ourselves on being light on our feet – thereby making a success of potentially high-risk or less obvious titles that the larger houses would turn down without a second look.

Our first publications were a series of compact, informative and entertaining biographies. We have since evolved to focus predominantly on ‘mind, body, spirit’ books following on from the success of The Fast Diet (2013) by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. This book alerted the world to the intermittent fasting phenomenon. It has been a huge sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, simultaneously becoming a New York Times bestseller while occupying the No.1 slot on the UK Amazon bestseller list for 32 consecutive weeks.

In 2015 we published Dr Michael Mosley’s The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, a timely book which tackles one of the silent epidemics of our time: raised blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes. In 2017 we are due to publish Dr Mosley’s Clever Guts, an exploration of the astonishing influence that our guts have over our mood, appetite and general health, and promises to change how we see our bodies forever.

In the new year of 2017 we are publishing Fixing Dad by Jen Whitington, the story of an ordinary British family’s battle to reverse their father’s diabetes and how their success offers hope to millions. We are also excited to be publishing The Happy Kitchen, by Rachel Kelly, bestselling author of Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness; as well as Kate Fords’ Vegan in 15, delicious plant-based recipes you can cook in 15 minutes or less.

In earlier incarnations we have successfully published fiction, notable bestsellers being The J.M Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society by Barbara J. Zitwer; Richard & Judy Book Club novel A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby; as well as The White Lie by the acclaimed author Andrea Gillies.

Other noteworthy successes from our non-fiction backlist are the bestsellers Amo, amas, amat… And all that by Harry Mount, The Social Animal by David Brooks, Everything You Need You Have by Gerad Kite, Andrea GilliesKeeper, which won the Wellcome Book Prize and the Orwell Prize, as well as the ground-breaking eco-/social regeneration book, Change the World for a Fiver, which has now sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world.


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22 Highbury Grove
London N5 2EF
Tel: +44 (0)207 833 9429

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Submissions Policy:

Short Books does not accept unsolicited submissions. Please send your submissions via a literary agent. The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is a useful place to start when looking for an agent.

Submissions should include a cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters (or approx 30 pages) of the manuscript sent to our mailing address. Please do not send anything by post.


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