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Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books has established itself as a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction with a focus on health, diet, nature, psychology and social sciences. 

In 2013 we published The Fast Diet  by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, a book which alerted the world to the intermittent fasting phenomenon. It became 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. Following on from this we have published a whole series of bestselling books by Michael Mosley including The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet and Fast 800, as well as bestselling companion recipe books by Michael’s wife Dr Clare Bailey.

 Other noteworthy successes include The Inflamed Mind, by Cambridge professor, Edward Bullmore, a Sunday Times bestseller which ignited a national debate on the link between depression and inflammation;  9 Lessons in Brexit, by the former ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers; 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.

In 2019, Short Books became part of the Octopus division of Hachette UK.


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22 Highbury Grove
London N5 2EF
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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.


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