Independent, (Mostly) Non-Fiction Publishers

Recently I’ve been really craving some good ol’ socio-political non-fiction! And, on the hunt for in-depth answers to a lot of questions, I’ve found a few promising independent publishers whose catalogues are FULL of books I want to read. Here are some that I will be turning to for their non-fiction offerings.

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Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.

I’m proud to say that I got Claire into Verso (to be fair, with their catalogue and her interest in sociological discourse, it wasn’t hard…). They are a non-fiction publisher and they have a loads of reading list where they put together a selection of books on a certain topic, such as the one featured below…


They often seem to have good deals on (90% off ebooks and 50% off hard copies at Christmas making some books cost £1 or less, for example).

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Zed Books


• Zed is a platform for marginalised voices across the globe.
• It publishes content for an international audience of thoughtful and engaged readers and thinkers.
• It publishes a variety of content, from general interest books to highly specialised scholarly research.
• Established in 1976, it is the world’s largest English-language publishing collective.
• Zed’s content and its business model are unique.
• It’s a non-hierarchical collective, owned and managed by its workers.

Zed’s catalogue seems to involve a wide variety of authors/perspectives. Non-fiction is very clearly their focus, but they do have a (very) small fiction section too. Their books seem very “global”, not focussed simply on philosophical questions for the developed world, and also LGBTQ+ conscious.

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Haymarket Books

Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago.

Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.

Even though I’d heard of this publisher before, I’d never really looked into them properly until I noticed that they publish Angela Y Davis’ Freedom Is A Constant Struggle which is on my TBR list. I think of them as a non-fiction publisher, but it’s possible they also publish fiction. Their home page shares something in common with Verso..


Hmm.. There seems to be a theme coming from well-informed publishers concerning current affairs…

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Who are some of your favourite independent publishers?

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