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Brutal London – a new book for December

We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing BRUTAL LONDON by Simon Phipps on 1 December. This is a collection of Simon’s stunning photography of inner London buildings in the architectural style of raw concrete known as Brutalism. Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, an iconic, tactile and desirable book.


If you’d like to see Simon Phipps’s photographs before December, do call into his exhibition Béton Brut at The Foundry Gallery in Chelsea, London. Some photos have been strikingly screen printed onto brushed aluminium, and others are shown in a new light against backdrops of block colour in paints by – very fittingly – Les Couleurs Le Corbusier.


BRUTAL LONDON was commissioned and edited by Ed Griffiths, a freelance consultant we are very pleased to have onboard.

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Our new foreign rights partner, Rebecca Winfield at DLA

We are delighted to announce that September Publishing’s US and translation rights are now managed by Rebecca Winfield at David Luxton Associates Ltd.  Rebecca has many years’ experience as a rights director and works closely with all the major overseas publishers, as well as with a selection of international sub-agents.  For more information on all our titles or to arrange a meeting please contact or telephone her on +44 7932 673 244.  For more information on David Luxton Associates visit

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Still Shopping: September news

Emily Stott’s press continues as thoughts turn to autumn wardrobes. In the Metro, she talks about about the secrets of mystery shopping, and in the Sun about how best to manage those varying fitting room mirrors.

Mystery shopper - metro

An exhibition of Simon Phipp’s photography – Béton Brut – is being held at London’s The Foundry Gallery, from 9 September to 27 October. Simon is the author of our wonderful forthcoming November title Brutal London.

Sharon Blackie, author of If Women Rose Rootedwill be appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23rd, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making.


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Edinburgh: August news

Huge congratulations to September author Mark Thomas, whose new show The Red Shed has won two awards at the Edinburgh fringe. The Scotsman’s Fringe First Award and The Stage Special Award. The Scotsman said, ‘A beautifully structured story about a quest to understand a valued part of his past, it has left many audience members wiping away tears.’
Sharon Blackie appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 16 August, talking about A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging.

Sharon Blackie at Edinburgh - credit @anna_millward (credit @anna_millward, with thanks)

This blog post on Mumble Words describes the event, and we love the image of Sharon as ‘like an unassuming priestess’.

In September, Sharon will also be appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23rd, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making.

Looking ahead, Jim Richards, author of this autumn’s Gold Rush, will be appearing at in November at the Festival of Geology. His book has just received this great editor’s choice review in The Bookseller:

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Out this month: Shopped & other July news

Shopped: A True Story of Secret Shopping and Style by Emily Stott is published this month. On Sunday Emily filmed in LK Bennett on Northcote Road. Press coverage (including the Sun on Sunday and Frontlist) to come shortly. Read an extract here.

Shopped Emily holding book by Han-1

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To commemorate the anniversary of the Somme, Anthony Loyd wrote a moving piece about his great-grandfather,t he nature of bravery and why one turns down morphine, in The Times.


On 14 July, Anthony is appearing at the Festival of Words and Ideas in Dartington, talking about The Adrenaline of Conflict.

Sharon Blackie is appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23 September, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making. Before then she is appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 16 August, talking about A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging.


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May news

The Perfect Stranger (2)

This month sees the paperback publication of P. J. Kavanagh’s The Perfect Stranger, a new edition 50 years after the first. P. J. sadly died in August last year, but we were privileged to have worked with him on the republication of this memoir about youth, travel, love and loss. Here is just some of the praise for the book:

‘The writing remains vivid and detailed, full of concise pen portraits … it’s hard to think of a memoir by a male author that describes the experience [of love] with as much honesty, passion and precision.’ David Nicholls

‘A fine memorial to love and youth.’ Michael Frayn

‘One of the best memoirs I have read … humorous and poetic.’ Richard Ingrams

‘I’ve re-read The Perfect Stranger many times and still think it, though unique, a model “of its kind”.’ Derek Mahon

‘To hear the truth so devastatingly and yet so joyfully encountered is rare in an age where autobiography has been flattened by the massed weight of political and public reminiscence. This autobiography, from its beginning to its bitter end, is a celebration of joy: joy in youth, in woman, in male camaraderie, in the struggle of art, in married love.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘[A] remarkable work of prose … It won the Richard Hillary Memorial Prize, for in reality it was a testimony to the absence of the one person who could help him work out the puzzle of life, his wife, Sally’ Independent

‘A joyous yet unsentimental account of Kavanagh’s early life and his few years with Sally. A story of love and tragic loss’ Guardian

‘Not sentimental nor self-pitying but vivid, humorous and bent upon describing a world in which the one person who had seemed to make sense of it had been lost.’ Telegraph

‘A terrific book, vivid, funny and moving … The account of his narrow escape from the great battle in Korea is brilliant, as is in a quite different way the elegiac conclusion to the book.’ David Lodge

‘Patrick Kavanagh’s memoir is a small masterpiece of its kind, reflecting all the wit, unabashed frankness and literary elegance of its author.’ Max Hastings


Also this month, Sharon Blackie and Angela Kiss appeared at the Swindon Literary Festival, talking about their books If Women Rose Rooted and How to be an Alien in England. Both events were well received, with Angela getting a lovely write up in the Swindon Advertiser.

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April news

April has brought us a groundswell of support for Sharon Blackie’s If Women Rose Rooted. She has had fantastic online reviews on Dancing in the Mist and This Hatchett Green, as well as on Amazon and Goodreads. A few quotes:

‘If Women Rose Rooted isn’t an easy read in places, and profoundly beautiful in others. There were moments when I gasped in recognition and found myself moved to tears by the beauty of her words’ Liaithlus, Dancing in the Mist

‘It is in the closing section of her book that I find the clearest expression of what for a lifetime I have been personally looking for’ Eóin Macaoidh, The Hatchett Green

‘You cannot read this book and be unchanged by it.’ Amazon review

‘I am inspired to be greater. What could be better than that.’ Amazon review

‘I couldn’t put this book down – truly stirring and powerful.’ Amazon review

‘I truly recommend this book to all who search for sense and strength in history and myth of female heroines (that we all are).’ Goodreads review

Sharon has written a blog for Caught by the River about her love of bogs, and she will be speaking about Celtic women at Swindon’s Literary Festival on 8 May.

You can also see Angela Kiss, author of February’s How to be an Alien in England, at the Swindon Literary Festival, on 9 May.

And looking forward to July, forthcoming title Shopped by Emily Stott has had a wonderful Editor’s Choice write up in the Bookseller:

Shopped review

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March news

‘And as Hannah joined in . . . the idea for If Women Rose Rooted took firm hold in my mind. I would write a completely different book: a book which brought together both of my passions: place, and story.’

This month sees the publication of If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of Celtic Women by Sharon Blackie, and the quote above comes from a wonderful piece she has written for about how ideas emerge from place, time and conversation.

September collaborator Louise Norton visited Sharon in Donegal to with her video camera. Amongst the stunning scenery of the seven sisters, Sharon calls all the eco-feminists:


It has also been announced that in September this year we are publishing The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques. Compact yet comprehensive, this treasure trove of a book will bring London’s streets and buildings alive.

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February news

February has kicked off with the publication of Alice Stevenson’s beautiful London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, which features black and white images from Ways to Walk in London for colouring in, and then to send or keep. Alice has been sharing coloured versions using #LondonPerspectives.

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On February’s extra day, Alice is a featured artist with Laura Rae at Listen Softly London (7pm, 29 February at The Barley Mow, London EC2).

On Wednesday 10th, Angela Kiss appeared on Midweek to discuss How to be an Alien in England. Listen to her here at 33.45 minutes. Female First has featured her first impressions on arriving in UK, and she will be interviewed on World Service, Weekend on Saturday 20th February. More coverage is due soon.

And on Thursday 11th, Anthony Loyd had a great discussion about My War Gone By, I Miss It So at the Times Plus event.





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New Year 2016 – publishers’ blog

In December I met a wonderful NYC-based publicist Lauren Cerand in a St Pancras station cafe that was twinkling with Christmas. She described September’s list as very ‘voicey’ (a word much used in the NY literary scene right now, she said). I thought it summed us upped beautifully … so I have been overusing it ever since.

Now we’re in January and it’s pretty chilly in September’s basement office as we still wrestle with the downsides of indie publishing (queuing at the post office, swearing at VAT deadlines), but we are relishing the expanding upsides of independence. This spring feels all about new growth; new opportunities and new voices.

In February and March we launch new books by two strong women – Angela Kiss and Sharon Blackie.

Inspired by her countryman, the classic humourist and bestselling author George Mikes, Angela has written a funny and affectionate portrait of the English.

Sharon Blackie’s book on the untapped power of Celtic Women is a rousing, inspiring exploration of Celtic landscape, myth and modern day challenges.

Both women are very different heroines – speaking with very distinct voices.

We are actively looking for authors speaking in new styles, of lesser known lives or areas. The diversity the publishing lacks – something much discussed in the UK publishing industry right now – will only come if books are published from a broader base of writers. How else will more people see the publishing industry as being relevant to them?

We are also actively looking for young non-fiction authors who wish to develop their skills and editorial relationships over time. The art of non-fiction is under-appreciated and discussed and we wish more people channelled their desire for literary self-expression into non-fiction.

Our current intern Allison from the Kingston University publishing MA has also been talking about how the majority of graduates on the course see their destination as fiction. There’s clearly more to be done by the non-fiction publishers of the world in encouraging young writers and young employees to realise the potential of the genre.

And finally … January has also seen our first set of royalty statements. More than half show advances earn out and royalties owing. This is good news for authors and good news for September as we commission further authors with strong track records (like Christopher Nicholson of The Elephant Keeper and Winter who will be writing of his summer search for snow in the Scottish Highlands in a new book for 2017).

Onwards. And – particularly if you’re Christopher – upwards.