About Us

Jacaranda Books is an award-winning, Black-owned independent publisher and bookseller. Founded by Valerie Brandes in 2012, we are passionately run from top to bottom by talented women of colour with the aim of promoting and celebrating inclusivity and diversity in the publishing industry.

Since launching our first title in 2014, Jacaranda has published over 70 titles by a raft of talented authors, including multiple award-winners Irenosen Okojie, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Bernice L. McFadden, and Shola Von Reinhold. Named Small Press of the Year 2020 by the British Book Awards, we are the team behind the unprecedented #TwentyIn2020 publishing initiative for Black British writing.

In 2021, Jacaranda formed a historic partnership with Hachette UK, expanding our sales and distribution to support the flourishing global market for readers of books by diverse voices.

Our ethos is simple  we are committed to publishing ground-breaking writing with a dedication to creating space on the bookshelf for diverse ideas and writers.