Eye Books is a small, independent publisher founded in 1996, with the original aim of publishing books about the extraordinary things that ordinary people have done, often with a strong travel or geographical element to their stories. More recently we have branched out into more general non-fiction. Our backlist includes Morgan Tsvangirai's autobiography, an account of the first all-female expedition to the North Pole, the first books by adventurer Alastair Humphreys and the best-selling history of Trojan Records.
Lightning Books is our newer fiction imprint. Our first full fiction list was in 2017, when half the novels we published were listed for prizes. Our diverse list now includes prize-winning work from Australia and New Zealand, Ray Robinson’s Portico-shortlisted The Mating Habits of Stags and the bestselling Cockleberry Bay trilogy by e-publishing superstar Nicola May.
As a small publisher we are able to make decisions quickly, and not by committee. We are small and nimble enough to take risks. Our working relationship with our authors is collaborative, if they want it to be: we believe in giving writers as much input as possible on covers, pricing, promotions and marketing. We think it makes us more effective, so everyone benefits.