Fairlight Books has one aim – to celebrate quality writing and promote the best of new and contemporary literary fiction.
Based in the thriving and dynamic 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.
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 This online short story portal showcases some fantastic, but previously unpublished, short story writing.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.
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.
Fairlight Books – GOOD BOOKS, GREAT READS
Louise is founder and CEO of Fairlight Books. Relatively new to the publishing industry, she was previously the MD and co-founder of the Opus Energy group, a retail supplier to business consumers. Following an exit of that business through a trade sale in early 2017, she decided to take that as an opportunity to step into a new industry, one she feels passionate about, and take on the challenge of a fresh start up.
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 reconnect readers with quality fiction.
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.
Lindsey is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University with a 1st Class Honours Combined Degree in Publishing Media and Japanese Studies. She manages our promotions, marketing and social media programs, as well as blogging about all things related to the love of beautiful books. Lindsey plays a key role looking after our bookseller engagement program, meeting with indie booksellers to understand their needs and managing our online bookseller hub.
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.
After completing a degree in Biomedical Science, Bradley’s passion for literature led him to Fairlight Books, where he helps build and design our websites, blogs about books, bookshops and authors we love, and assists with all aspects of our marketing campaigns.
With a degree in French and Italian from the University of Oxford and currently studying for an MA in Literary Translation Studies at the University of Warwick, Laura assists the marketing and editorial teams on a part time basis, including editing and publishing our Fairlight Shorts.
The Fairlight Books Support Team
These are the fantastic people who support Fairlight Books with their expertise and skills:
Claire Maxwell is a freelance publicist and former journalist. She’s worked in the communications department of various publishing companies in the UK, managing huge campaigns and securing national and regional publicity for a number of authors. She was shortlisted for the PPC Annual Awards 2017 ‘Waterstones Hardback Fiction Award’.
Emma Daley is a Bristol-based, South Africa-born, freelance publicist with a passion for conservation and wildlife filmmaking. With a background in publishing, she now work with a range of clients including TV and radio presenters, authors, conservation charities and businesses. She has run campaigns for LBC’s Lucy Beresford, Hollywood producer Judd Apatow, Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley, TV Historian Dr. Tracy Borman, Gino D’Acampo, Gavin Extence, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, Raymond Blanc, Vivek Singh and many more.