Who we are

September publishes extraordinary lives and expert insight.

An independent start-up, September was founded in 2013. In an era of content availability, overwhelming choice and diminishing variety we believe publishers have a responsibility – to be curators, collaborators and long-term champions.

Our author-centred imprint works with unique individuals (from writers and artists to scientists and comedians) to produce beautiful, unforgettable books.

Founder and Publisher
Hannah MacDonald

After twenty years of publishing at Virgin, Andre Deutsch, Random House and HarperCollins, Hannah specialises in a creative approach to shaping books with organisations, brands and personalities. She has published multiple top ten bestsellers across memoir, media, sport, history and led many internal, corporate start-up projects: from fiction lists to app collections. She is also the author of two well-received novels, The Sun Road and Julianna Kiss, and a winner of a Betty Trask Award for first novels.

Communications and Publicity Manager
Sue Amaradivakara

Sue has worked in books and arts publicity for over fifteen years. She left Random House in Jan 2013 and co-founded PR Collective. Since then has worked on a wide range of high profile projects including The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz, (which spent three months in the Sunday Times bestsellers lists) and the 2013 London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre. At Random House, Sue was Publicity Director across four imprints, Chatto & Windus, Harvill Secker, Square Peg and Yellow Jersey Press. Authors she has worked with include Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, AS Byatt, Clive Stafford Smith, Toni Morrison, Nigella Lawson and Martin Amis.

Editorial Manager
Charlotte Cole

A respected and sought-after structural editor and copyeditor, Charlotte began her book publishing life at The Women’s Press in 1994 and was most recently editorial director at Ebury Publishing, where she commissioned and edited over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers.

Publishing Operations
Sarah Wray

Sarah joined September Publishing in 2017, and she looks after direct sales, marketing, PR and a bit of everything else. She started her publishing career at indie book distributor Turnaround, where she managed the marketing and publicity team in producing sales materials and disseminating data for thousands of new books each year. Sarah graduated Kingston University’s MA Publishing & the Creative Economy course in 2012 and has a BA in professional writing from Missouri State University.