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.

Project Manager
Charlotte Cole

With two decades’ trade editorial experience, Charlotte is a respected and sought-after structural editor and copyeditor. Her first job was at The Women’s Press and she was most recently Editorial Director at Ebury Publishing, where she commissioned and edited over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers – from Nurse on Call to Pam Ayres and Gok Wan’s autobiographies.

Print Consultant
Rebecca Gee

Rebecca Gee has worked as a Production Manager and Editorial Manager on narrative and illustrated titles over the last twenty years; from Quarto, Andre Deutsch and Contender to Susanna Geoghegan Books. She co-owns Bag of Badgers, a children’s packaging company with her paper-engineering partner Geoff.