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Free Extracts from our Summer Reads 2017

July 3, 2017

Escape to paradise this summer holiday with Jacaranda Books’ delicious selection of Summer Reads 2017. Whether you are looking for an uplifting love story, a laugh of loud comedy, or a murder mystery, we have a book for you. And to add to that summer f …

10 Female British-Asian Authors to Watch Out For

June 28, 2017

To celebrate our upcoming release of Indu Balachandran’s novel The Writers’ Retreat, we at Jacaranda Books are highlighting 10 female authors with British-Asian backgrounds and heritages, all of whom are writers to watch out for over the coming months, …

What Harry Potter Means to Me – Laure Deprez, Jacaranda Editor

June 26, 2017

In honour of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, our Editor and resident Potter-head Laure Deprez has written a short piece about what the Harry Potter phenomenon means to her:-   It all started wit …

Father’s Day Booklist from Jacaranda Books

June 14, 2017

Happy Father’s Day from Jacaranda Books! In celebration of Father’s Day this Sunday, we have created a “Father’s Day Booklist” – a list of our books that dads might like to settle down with over the weekend. Here are the genres below: For Crime fans we …

Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017: Irenosen Okojie shortlisted

June 13, 2017

Irenosen Okojie has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill University’s 11th annual Short Story Prize 2017 for her stand-out collection, Speak Gigantular, in a list boasting 4 independent publishers. This collection includes a number of provocative stories …

Q&A with Indu Balachandran – The Writers’ Retreat

June 6, 2017

Our editor Laure Deprez has been speaking to The Writers’ Retreat author Indu Balachandran, who tells us during this Q&A session about her journey from writing about the comedy of the Advertising industry to the comedy of romance, and the ways in w …

Q&A with Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm – Swimming with Fishes

June 6, 2017

As part of our Caribbean Summer Read series, our editor Laure Deprez caught up with Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm – author of Swimming with Fishes – in a Q&A session to find out a bit more about what led her to pen this novel in the way that she has, and …

Q&A with Paula Lennon – Murder in Montego Bay

June 6, 2017

Jacaranda’s Commercial Director, Cynthia Hamilton, caught up with author Paula Lennon, author of Murder in Montego Bay, to get the lowdown on writing, reading and what to expect from her debut crime caper in Jamaica! Read the full interview with Paula …

My Beautiful Shadow & my daughter the Amazon

June 4, 2017

Why I wrote My Beautiful Shadow by Radhika Jha Much as I would love to be famous and have many people read my books, this has never been my motivation to write, and it certainly was not the impetus behind my novel My Beautiful Shadow. At the time of wr …

99p Sale in our NEW Ebook store

May 2, 2017

OUR EBOOK SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 29th May 2017! SHOP NOW in our new ebook store. Jacaranda Books is proud to announce the launch of is brand new Ebook store on the Jacaranda website. Launched in conjunction with the Firsty Group, or online store …

Jacaranda Acquire Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan Controversial Album

May 2, 2017

Valerie Brandes and Laure Deprez of Jacaranda Books have acquired ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN by Cyrus Bozogmehr, the untold story behind the controversial album of the same name by the multi- platinum hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. A deal for UK …

Escape to the Caribbean This Summer

April 27, 2017

Escape to the Caribbean this summer with Jacaranda Books as we whisk you away to the sun, sea and sand with our summer reads promotion. We have the perfect holiday reads with two new titles for the season: Swimming with Fishes by Rasheda Ashanti Malcol …

#BareLit17 Ebook Sale

April 25, 2017

To celebrate the second ever Bare Lit Festival, Jacaranda Books is holding a #BareLit17 ebook sale. The festival, which will take place from Saturday 22nd April to Sunday 23rd April, celebrates the best in BAME publishing and literature. The brainchild …

Video: Valerie Brandes Speaks to Words of Colour

April 6, 2017

Our inspirational founder Valerie Brandes talked to Joy Francis of Words of Colour in a recent interview. The two sat down at the Jacaranda Books offices in Southwark to discuss independent publishing, diversity, and being a woman entrepreneur. They al …

Author Appearances in April

April 6, 2017

Spring in the air and the sun in the sky, so what better treat than a few literary nights out at some key author events. Check out this list of author appearances in April and grab an opportunity to meet some of your favourite writers.    Tuesday …

Jacaranda Books at London Book Fair 2017

March 1, 2017

Catch the Jacaranda Books team at the London Book Fair in Olympia this month at the IPG stand, 6E70. This historical event will run from Tuesday 14th through to Thursday 16th March and attracts thousands of book trade attendees a year from over 120 cou …

Jacaranda authors make the Kingston Big Read

February 22, 2017

Anietie Isong’s Nigerian satire, Radio Sunrise and Jess de Boer’s eco-travel memoir The Elephant and the Bee, have both been shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read 2017. Initially created as part of a research project, the initiative is the f …

NAACP Image win for The Book of Harlan

February 11, 2017

Getty Images (Greg Doherty) Bernice L. McFadden walked away with the 48th NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of fiction on February 11th for her historical novel, The Book of Harlan. The Awards celebrate African American creative achieveme …

Nigeria Night at Waterstones Piccadilly

January 9, 2017

Nigeria Night: Satirical and provocative portraits from two native voices  Join Jacaranda Books author Anietie Isong alongside Chibundu Onuzo for readings and spirited conversation with Caine Prize Chair, Delia Jarrett-Macaulay at Waterstones Piccadill …

Irenosen Okojie longlisted for Jhalak Prize

January 9, 2017

Irenosen Okojie has been longlisted for the Inaugural Jhalak Prize for her short story collection Speak Gigantular. She joins outstanding writers including David Olusuga, Malorie Blackman, Shapi Khorsandi and Gary Younge. The Jhalak Prize is a new annu …

Sneak peeks for spring 2017

December 28, 2016

Welcome to a new year of new books! With an exciting array of titles lined up for your reading pleasure this season, we think it would be churlish to keep them all to ourselves. Check out extracts of what’s on offer below. Radio Sunrise by Anietie Ison …

Jacaranda acquires Rest in Power by parents of Trayvon Martin

December 28, 2016

Trayvon Martin’s parents’ memoir to be published by Jacaranda Books Independent publisher Jacaranda Books will publish REST IN POWER: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin.  Rest in Power, …

Jacaranda Ebook Sale

December 26, 2016

Happy Boxing Day! As the January sales kick off in earnest today, why not treat yourself to some fantastic new reads in the Jacaranda ebook sale! The sale is on now and will run on Amazon Kindle until 5pm Friday 6th January 2017. Load up your ereader w …

Authors share their Christmas Reads

December 20, 2016

Whatever  your plans for the Christmas holiday period, there is always pleasure to be had with some relaxing holiday reading. We asked Jacaranda authors to recommend some of their favourite Christmas reads. Check out their Christmas reads recommendatio …

The Book of Harlan Nominated for the 48th NAACP Image Award

December 20, 2016

The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden, the historical novel that has captured the hearts of readers across the world, has been nominated for the 48th NAACP Image Awards 2017 for Outstanding Literary Work. Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards …

Add a dash of colour to Christmas!

November 24, 2016

As we hoist up the tree, collate our Christmas card list and disentangle the tinsel, it simply wouldn’t be right not to have a pile of enticing books ready to read by the fire (or radiator) during the festive season. Here at Jacaranda Towers, we have c …

Jacaranda acquire Taty Went West by Nikhil Singh

October 17, 2016

Nikhil Singh (c) Hayden Phipps In a pre-Frankfurt deal, Jacaranda Books has acquired Taty Went West, a stunning debut novel by South African artist and writer Nikhil Singh from Sarah Such of Sarah Such Literary Agency. Described by Arthur C. Clarke Awa …

Celebrate Black History with Jacaranda Books #BHM16

October 4, 2016

This October marks Black History Month 2016, an annual celebration and recognition of Black history in the UK and beyond. At Jacaranda Books we welcome you all to join us in celebrating Black history with two wonderful new publications and a series of …

Watch our YouTube Interview + Win Books

September 19, 2016

Team Jacaranda had our first Youtube interview with Jen Campbell, the bestselling author of the Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and a fantastic booktuber. We talk about our books, our roles and our current recommendations, plus founder V …

Africa Will Write Its Own Story: Tram 83 – a review by JJ Bola

June 30, 2016

June 30th 2016, Congolese Independence Day, marks 56 years since the Democratic Republic of the Congo gained its independence from Belgium. The history of the Congo is one filled with both beauty and a great deal of tragedy, with the nation still under …

Emily Urquhart on International Albinism Awareness Day

June 13, 2016

13th June 2016 is International Albinism Awareness Day, dedicated to raising awareness about albinism across the world. Read this beautiful piece by folklorist Emily Urquhart, author of eye-opening, heartfelt memoir Beyond the Pale, on albinism in Tanz …

Jess de Boer kicks off her UK tour

May 16, 2016

Kenyan beekeeping expert and permaculture champion Jess de Boer has arrived in the UK to promote her new book The Elephant and the Bee.  Jess will be in the UK from 16-30th May for a round of press and events, including opportunities for readers to mee …

Staff recommends for summer 2016!

April 11, 2016

Good publishers are also avid readers, and at Jacaranda we are no exception! If you’re on the lookout for an engrossing summer read and want to know where to start with our list, why not check out the recommendations from our very own team? Laure Depre …

Jacaranda Books at London Book Fair 2016

March 31, 2016

Meet the Jacaranda Books team at the London Book Fair this April at stand 6E70. Running from 12-14th April 2016, the London Book Fair will take place during the London Book and Screen Week. Celebrating its 45th year the event will see over 25,000 publi …

Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins Nigeria’s Etisalat Prize

March 24, 2016

Less than a fortnight since Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016, the Congolese author has won Nigeria’s prestigious Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the firs …

Tram 83 Longlisted for Man Booker International Prize 2016

March 10, 2016

10th March 2016 It is our great pleasure to announce that Tram 83 by Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated into English by Roland Glasser, has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016. Tram 83 is Fiston’s first novel, ori …

Celebrating Women Writers

March 8, 2016

  As an all-woman team at Jacaranda Books led by our fierce and fabulous founder Valerie Brandes, gender diversity remains a key issue, particularly in an industry that while having a majority female workforce, still sees more men at higher positi …

Satans & Shaitans Blog Tour + £1 ebook offer

March 7, 2016

To celebrate the release of the Nigerian edition of Obinna Udenwe’s political conspiracy thriller Satans & Shaitans, our friends at Amab Books in Nigeria have teamed up with a host of bloggers for the Satans & Shaitans Blog Tour.   From 7- …

Stephen Thompson’s No More Heroes in Kobo Crime Promo

February 29, 2016

Stephen Thompson’s British crime novel No More Heroes, set in the aftermath of the London 7/7 bombings, has been selected for the Kobo Crime and Thriller 3 for 2 promotion.  The ebook promotion, which runs from 26th February until 2nd March 2016,  incl …

‘Hackney-Girl’ Valerie Brandes on Publishing Diverse Voices

January 7, 2016

Independent publisher and entrepreneur Valerie Brandes spoke to Bob Trafford of the East End Review recently about how she is addressing the lack of diversity in British publishing through her company Jacaranda Books. In the article entitled ‘In a whit …

Tram 83 Longlisted for Etisalat Prize 2015

November 12, 2015

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s hypnotic, jazz-infused debut novel Tram 83 has been longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015.  Published by Deep Vellum in the USA and Jacaranda Books in the UK, the multiple award-winning debut novel is one of nine …

Irenosen Okojie Breaking Ground at Waterstones Piccadilly

September 28, 2015

Breaking Ground, the exciting project which is taking ten top Black British writers to the USA in November, comes to Waterstones Piccadilly for one night only on Tuesday 6 October! Come along and indulge in readings from some of the brightest names in …

Stephen Thompson and Valerie Brandes head to Henley

September 23, 2015

Author of No More Heroes, Stephen Thompson will join our founder Valerie Brandes, broadcaster and journalist Bidisha, and publishing expert Danuta Kean for a panel discussion on diversity in publishing on Sunday 4 October at Henley Literary Festival. B …

Jacaranda Books meet Jon Snow at the Africa Utopia Festival

September 15, 2015

Independent publishing house Jacaranda Books and their author Irenosen Okojie were treated to celebrity treatment over the weekend when they met British journalist and television presenter Jon Snow at the Africa Utopia Festival. The festival, hosted by …

Summer Reads 2015

July 6, 2015

Looking for your next fabulous book to read on holiday? Check out our hot summer reads below: From Pasta to Pigfoot by Frances Mensah Williams Dismissed as a cultural lightweight by the man she is desperate to please, under-achieving PA, Faye Bonsu, is …

Africa Writes 2015: Meet the Authors

July 2, 2015

Headed to the Africa Writes Festival at the British Library this weekend? Why not take the opportunity to meet Jacaranda’s fabulous authors.  Celebrate the launch of From Pasta to Pigfoot with Frances Mensah Williams; discuss Creative Non-fiction with …

BDA London review Fashion Africa Conference

May 5, 2015

Creative agency BDA London, specialists in branding and product-focused creative and marketing solutions, were amongst the attendees at Jacqueline Shaw’s Fashion Africa Conference on Friday 24th April 2015. The conference included a range of key speake …

Actress Rosario Dawson attends Fashion Africa Conference

May 5, 2015

The Jacaranda Books team met Hollywood royalty on Friday 24th April in the form of actress Rosario Dawson who attended the Fashion Africa Conference at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The Sin City actress and her business partner Abrima Erwiah, co-founders of …

Poet Anthony Anaxagorou to launch debut prose collection

October 8, 2014

On Monday 27th October 2014 performance poet and writer Anthony Anaxagorou will launch his debut collection of short stories titles The Blink That killed The Eye. In the collection, which will be Anthony’s first traditionally published prose collection …

Meet us at Digital Women UK “Get Connected” + Win Books

September 26, 2014

The Jacaranda Books team are proud to be exhibiting at the Digital Women UK ‘Get Connected’ event on Tuesday 30 September 2014 which celebrates the first anniversary of the organisation. The one day spectacular will include a great mix of presenters fr …

Fashion Africa at AFWL 2014

July 28, 2014

The Jacaranda publishing team will be stepping out in style with author Jacqueline Shaw and copies of Fashion Africa at Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL). The two day event kicks off on Friday 8th August. Established in 2010, AFWL was created to displa …

The Bookseller #MandP14 Conference & how Crystal Mahey-Morgan almost made me cry

July 11, 2014

This week I went along to the Bookseller Marketing and Publicity Conference with my colleague Kelechi Anucha. It is no secret that such conferences can be pretty expensive for a small publishing house like ours, but with the support and encouragement o …

Call for bloggers – Review The Colour Black

July 10, 2014

This summer will see the much anticipated publication of The Colour Black by Maia Walczak and we are looking for bloggers to do a  blog tour with our author, Maia Walczak, and to review her fabulous novel. A unique take on the American road novel, The …

Cover Reveal: Satans and Shaitans by Obinna Udenwe

July 10, 2014

At last, the moment you have all been waiting for. So many of you have been excitedly waiting to see the cover of our exciting thriller Satans and Shaitans by Obinna Udenwe. We have been working away behind the scenes with graphic artist and designer B …

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered 2014 champions diverse British writing

June 23, 2014

Thursday evening saw writers and publishers come together for the announcement of the 2014 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winners. Part of a younger, but no less prestigious and influential generation of literary prizes, Fiction Uncovered has been cal …

Obinne Udenwe accepted on to Edebi International Writers Residency

June 18, 2014

Jacaranda author Obinna Udenwe has been accepted on to the Ebedi International Writers Residency programme 2014. He will join the residency for six weeks on June 30. The programme is based in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria. It provides a space for emerging …

Jacaranda Commissioning Editor named Bookseller Rising Star

June 13, 2014

Jacaranda Books Commissioning Editor Rukhsana Yasmin has been named as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2014. Published annually, the list highlights the work of the best and brightest professionals in the industry. Rukhsana was announced the wi …

Joining Jacaranda

June 13, 2014

Hi everyone! I’ve joined Jacaranda following an internship at Profile Books and a six-month stint working in a fast-paced university press office. I loved the atmosphere working at Profile, a smaller independent publisher. I was keen find another role …

Jacaranda Books signs Maia Walczak

June 27, 2013

Jacaranda Books is pleased to announce the addition of a fantastic new rising talent to the Jacaranda author list. Author and illustrator Maia Walczak will be published by Jacaranda after signing a deal for her debut novel The Colour Black. The Colour …

Valerie Brandes presents for Equip at Faber & Faber

February 20, 2013

Valerie Brandes took part in Equip’s Publishing Start Ups event at Faber & Faber, alongside Ali Dewji of Acorn Press and Stefan Tobler of And Other Books. Below are some photos from the event:

Why “Jacaranda”?

February 1, 2013

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple It was my first real week in San Diego, California. I had moved there (after a spell in Washington D.C.) from London …

Jacaranda to publish Fashion Africa

January 1, 2013

Jacaranda Books Art Music is proud to announce Fashion Africa by Jacqueline Shaw as our debut publication. Fashion Africa is a visual overview of contemporary African fashion, compiled with an ethical perspective. This guide is the first of its kind to …

Jacaranda Books signs Patrick Wilmot

January 1, 2013

Jacaranda Books are proud to announce that we have acquired our first fiction title from professor, author and former political advisor Patrick Wilmot. Publisher Valerie Brandes acquired the rights  from literary agent Susan Yearwood, and will be publi …