About us

Saraband is a creative independent publisher offering readers books that are imaginative, challenging, original – above all, well written. We strive for excellence across all our work, and we provide a platform for emerging authors and underrepresented voices. We work collaboratively with other independent publishers, and with booksellers, libraries and literature bodies as well as informal groups of writers and readers.

We publish engaging and, we hope, important non-fiction across a range of memoir, history, nature and environment titles. Our authors celebrate extraordinary human achievement, explore cultural traditions and champion planet Earth and its diverse species.

We also publish literary and historical fiction from all corners of the UK and from overseas, sometimes in translation. Under our sister imprint, Contraband, we publish fiction exploring the darker side of human experience: crime, mystery, dystopia and transgressive voices, including Man Booker-shortlisted Graeme Macrae Burnet.

If you are a reader looking to purchase one of our books, they will be available from your local independent bookshop, so please support them by ordering books there. You will see more details on some of the individual book pages on this site.

Trade information

We are represented to the book trade by PGUK. If you are a shop or other organisation looking to order or stock our books in the North of England or in Scotland, please contact Sara Hunt on sara@saraband.net. For shops in all other regions, please contact Isobel Rodol at PGUK: sales@pguk.co.uk (020 7405 1105).


For German language enquiries, Claudia Böhme: claudia.boehme@agency-boehme.com

For French language, Brigitte Perivier: brigitte.perivier@wanadoo.fr

For Spanish language, Victor Hurtado at Vic Lit: victor@viclit.com

For Italian language, Marinella Magri at Il Caduceo: marinellamagr@gmail.com

For Turkish language, Cansu Canseven, Anatolia Lit: cansu@anatolialit.com

For Chinese language, Nicole Shu at Rightol Media: nicole@rightol.cn

And for all other foreign rights queries, please contact hermes@saraband.net


For permissions and editorial queries, please contact us on sara@saraband.net

Special projects

If you are interested in commissioning a new book project, editorial services, or content for your publication or website, we can draw on a range of expert contributors, editors and designers to provide a custom-tailored team: please contact hermes@saraband.net


We occasionally accept unsolicited manuscripts, but due to the large number of submissions there is often a delay in being able to consider new projects. If you would like to submit your book or proposal, please send a synopsis, your proposed contents list (if non-fiction), a sample chapter, or two if your chapters are short, and a brief CV/resumé. Please note that we receive many unsolicited fiction submissions and we are unable to assess more than a small proportion of these, so we recommend that you submit fiction to a literary agent. Email to hermes@saraband.net is preferred, but if you submit by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you would like your submission to be returned after consideration.