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, shortlisted for the Paul Torday Prize, the Diverse Book Awards and the BBC National Short Story Award and included on the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Recommended List.

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On the Fairlight Shorts section of our website, we showcase some fantastic, but previously unpublished, short story writing.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.

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 is Editor for many of our titles. She manages our submissions programme for longer fiction and short stories for our Fairlight Shorts portal. She also looks after our rights sales. She previously worked in academic and educational publishing, and also has experience as a translator.