About Us

Fairlight Books has one aim – to celebrate quality writing and promote the best of new and contemporary literary fiction.

Based in the thriving and energetic publishing hub of Oxford, we’re a young, dynamic team wanting to do things a little differently. For us, it’s about a wider community coming together to celebrate and promote quality writing.

Since our inception, our authors have been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Paul Torday Prize, the BBC National Short Story Award and on the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Recommended List.


Fairlight Shorts

As part of our mission to make quality writing more discoverable, we’ve set up Fairlight Shorts. This online short story portal showcases some fantastic, but previously unpublished, short story writing. Making all of the stories on our website freely available to readers, our aim is to fight the corner for the short story as a form of literature which until recently has been largely abandoned or hidden behind paywalls, and promote and support the writing of these talented authors.


Longer Fiction

With a specific focus on quality rather than quantity, we intend to publish contemporary adult literary fiction and well-written genre fiction.

By publishing just a small number of books each year, we believe we can give each book and its author the care and attention they deserve – from stunning and original cover designs, to comprehensive e-book coverage, to promotional campaigns sustained over the longer term. For us, it’s all about re-connecting the reader with a quality reading experience.



The Team

Louise Boland, MD Fairlight Books

Louise Boland

Louise is CEO of Fairlight Books. As a passionate supporter of literary fiction writing, she founded the publishing house in early 2017. Seeing friends struggling to find good reads from under a deluge of ‘buy-me’ photo-fit e-novels, and seeing writer friends struggling to find homes for quality fiction, she decided to set up Fairlight Books to help promote and nurture new writers of quality fiction. Prior to founding Fairlight Books, Louise was MD and co-founder of renewable energy business Opus Energy.

Mo Fillmore

Mo is our Publishing Executive Assistant, part-time. She is an experienced EA who loves the challenge ‘obscure task of the week’ brings… Mo will happily try her hand at anything and believes laughter is the key to most things. She looks after everything that keeps Fairlight Books running, including setting up our offices, running our publicity events, taking care of our authors when they visit and generally looking after the whole team. She is also very involved in our bookseller meet and greet program.


Joanne Butlin

Joanne, who holds an MA in Publishing Media from Oxford Brookes University and a BA Hons Degree in Creative Arts from Aberystwyth University, manages the design and production for all of Fairlight’s fiction and non-fiction titles, overseeing cover design, typesetting and production of both our physical and ebooks.

Urska Vidoni

Urska, who is fluent in three languages – English, Slovenian and Italian – has responsibility for our Fairlight Shorts program and is assistant editor for all of Fairlight’s titles. Urska has a BA Hons degree in English Literature and Publishing Media from Oxford Brookes University.

Bradley Thomas

After completing a degree in Biomedical Science, Bradley’s passion for literature led him to Fairlight Books, where he now manages our promotions, marketing and social media programs. He also plays a key role looking after our bookseller engagement program, working with indie booksellers to understand their needs and support bookshops across the UK.

Laura Shanahan

With a degree in French and Italian from the University of Oxford and an MA in Literary Translation Studies from the University of Warwick, Laura assists the editorial team on a part-time basis, including editing and publishing our Fairlight Shorts.