About Us

Fairlight Books was founded in 2017 to publish and promote writers of highly original literary and quality fiction. Since its inception, its authors have been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and shortlisted for the Paul Torday Prize, the Diverse Book Awards and the BBC National Short Story Award.

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 and promotional campaigns sustained over the longer term.

On the Fairlight Shorts section of our website, we showcase some fantastic, but previously unpublished, short story writing. By 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 is often hidden behind paywalls, and to promote and support the writing of these talented authors.

The publishing house is home to the Fairlight Moderns, a series of pocket-sized books of brilliantly innovative contemporary fiction, set around the world. We also publish a small range of non-fiction titles, including the ‘How to…’ Modern Living series.

Finally, we are huge fans of physical bookshops, who themselves are constant champions of writers, quality writing and beautiful books, and we do everything we can to support them.


The Team

Louise Boland

Louise is the publisher and founder of Fairlight Books. 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. She is also the author of Bookshop Tours of Britain.

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.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw

Sarah studied history at the University of Edinburgh, before completing an MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University. She is an Editor at Fairlight Books, running the submissions programme and working across all stages of the editorial process. She also runs the Fairlight Shorts programme.

Beccy Fish

Beccy Fish

Beccy is our Design and Production Assistant. She has a BA (Hons) in Media, Journalism and Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Beccy works across all titles to coordinate beautiful covers and produce high-quality books. Alongside her love for cover design, she hopes to write a book of her own one day.

Greer Claybrook

Greer obtained her bachelor’s degree from John Cabot University in Rome majoring in History with two minors in English Literature and Business Administration. She is currently completing an MA in Digital Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. She is a Marketing Assistant at Fairlight books, focusing on PR and social media.


Jemima is Fairlight’s lovely office dog. She loves belly rubs, sausages and long walks in the park, and dislikes when the postman pays us a visit with a delivery of books. She is certainly the loudest member of the team.