‘And Other Stories is inspired.’ Ali Smith

‘And Other Stories: publisher of the month, of the year, of the decade!’ Max Porter

‘And Other Stories is KILLING IT! These dudes are an inspiration to me.’ Will Evans, Deep Vellum Publishing

And Other Stories publishes some of the best in contemporary writing, including many translations. We aim to push people’s reading limits and help them discover authors of adventurous and inspiring writing. And we want to open up publishing so that from the outside it doesn’t look like some posh freemasonry. For example, as we said in this piece in The Guardian, we think more of the English publishing industry should move out of London, Oxford and their environs. In 2017 we moved our main office to Sheffield and found such a warm welcome. The move also helped us discover great new writing from the North of England, including Tim Etchells’ Endland, Amy Arnold’s Slip of a Fish and Rachel Genn’s What You Could Have Won.

And Other Stories is readers, editors, writers, translators and subscribers. While our books are distributed widely through bookshops, it’s our subscribers’ support that makes the books happen. We now have about 1,500 active subscribers in over 40 countries, receiving up to 6 books a year.

We also have reading groups where people can help us unearth and discuss great foreign books we could publish in English. Curious about our reading groups? Follow The Guardian or Publishing Perspectives to find out more. ‘The future of publishing?’ Why not?! We love the books we’re publishing and we hope you will, too.

Timeline – Our Potted History


And Other Stories started off as the pipe dream of a publishing industry outsider. Even before the late 2000s recession made the output of the big commercial publishing houses risk-averse (i.e. boring), there weren’t many publishers choosing books solely for literary merit. Stefan Tobler, a translator and now And Other Stories’ publisher, had been suggesting brilliant writers like Brazil’s Raduan Nassar to publishers, who loved the writing but still said no on commercial grounds.

In 2009, Stefan met with fellow translators and writers to brainstorm the idea of setting up a collective to publish fresh, contemporary fiction. There was a lot of enthusiasm for his formula that Publishing = Supply + Demand + Magic, but it couldn’t just be a labour of love: the books needed to get out to readers.


And Other Stories was born out of this – although it never became a fully-fledged collective, it’s been a collaboration from the start: a special kind of crowdfunding that updates an 18th century idea for the 21st century: readers support risky, adventurous writing by subscribing to the books in advance of publication. And people loved it, with the first subscribers signing up in 2010. Professionals volunteered to edit, typeset and design our first books for free; subscribers spread the word. Sophie Lewis, ex-Dalkey Archive Press, moves to Rio de Janeiro and edits most of our books from there for a number of years.


The first four books came out in 2011. Of those four, Juan Pablo Villalobos’s Down the Rabbit Hole became the first translation shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, going on to be one of our most-read books, loved for its black humour and precocious and foul-mouthed child narrator.


Deborah Levy’s brilliant novel Swimming Home made it to the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist and delighted readers send us presents, including a set of coloured spoons.


We set up an office in the US, run by Sarah Russo, and started publicising and publishing many of our titles in North America. Meanwhile in the UK, our American writer Helen DeWitt’s Lightning Rods was shortlisted for the 2013 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, almost winning Helen a pig.


Tara Murphy, a veteran of Canadian indie publishing, moved to the UK after she and Stefan got engaged on Brooklyn Bridge at the end of Book Expo America. (As you do.) As Tara Tobler in 2015 she became a big part of And Other Stories.


Sale growth has been organic and steady. We’re finally in a position to move the ‘office’ out of a third-floor small-town flat and into an office. (Still in small town High Wycombe – for now.) We also take on our first full-time employee: the brilliant publicist (and translator from Swedish) Nichola Smalley.


Yuri Herrera wins the Best Translated Book Award for his Mexican migration novel Signs Preceding the End of the World! That 2015-published novel and his apocalyptical The Transmigration of Bodies (published summer 2016) were hits on both sides of the Atlantic, proving that the reading public does have great, adventurous taste.


And Other Stories moved to Sheffield, partly out of a wish to make publishing less London-focused but mainly because it’s a great, rebellious, friendly city. We rent our first Sheffield office in the Central Library. (Nicky Smalley meanwhile gets a London desk – it’s still where the books media is.)


Our Year of Publishing Women – an effort to counteract the inequalities in the publishing industry, not least a frustrating lack of women published in English translation. We kicked things off with unpublished and long-lost writing by the great Ann Quin.


A good year for prize attention. Our inaugural 2018 Northern Book Prize-winning novel Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold goes on to land on the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize shortlist, while The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (and translated by Sophie Hughes) is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Gini Alhadeff’s translation of Fleur Jaeggy’s I Am the Brother of XX wins the Society of Authors’ John Florio Prize and Frank Perry’s translation of Lina Wolff’s Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs wins the same Society’s Bernard Shaw Prize, while Charlotte Whittle’s translation of People in the Room by Norah Lange and Stefan Tobler’s translation of The Old King in His Exile by Arno Geiger both pick up a couple of shortlistings. Javerya Iqbal joins the team in her first publishing job, and in 2020 is promoted to Sales & Marketing Executive.


Emma Warhurst joins the team in February in a production role. Let’s see what else happens. Oh, right, quite a lot happens in the world. We also expand our US office with the creation of two new roles: Jeremy M. Davies, former editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Dalkey Archive Press, joins as Senior Editor, and at the end of the year Tom Flynn, a former bookseller in Chicago, joins us in bookseller outreach.


We are crowned Small Press of the Year for the North of England region at the British Book Awards, which is frankly a ridiculous accolade, given the strength in depth in the region. Nichola Smalley is now not only our UK publicity director, but also an award-winning translator! Her English translation of Andrzej Tichý‘s novel Wretchedness was awarded the 2021 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, an honour it received after appearing on the International Booker Prize longlist in the spring. For the first time, two of our titles are on the Indie Next monthly list as chosen by the independent booksellers in the American Booksellers Association. Oh, and we celebrate 10 years of shamelessly literary publishing!

11 Commandments of Book Selection at And Other Stories


We publish writing that is mind-blowing, often ‘challenging’ (Maureen Freely) and ‘shamelessly literary’ (Stuart Evers) – opening a space for exploration and discovery. Funny often too, at least we think so. Look at the authors we’ve read and published to get a feel for And Other Stories’ tastes.


Our focus is on literary fiction and increasingly on non-fiction too, particularly narrative kinds of non-fiction. Our first work of literary non-fiction was Now and at the Hour of our Death by Susana Moreira Marques. A funny and wonderful work in verse by Deborah Levy (An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell) has come out too and we will have a poetry list in future.


We publish mainly contemporary writing, which for us means written in the last 40 years or so. There are a lot of good writers to catch up with from other literatures. Books can have slow fuses.


We focus on new publications, but don’t rule out great books from the past that never had the reception they deserved, or which fell into neglect. We’re proud to be growing the Ann Quin fan club with our new editions, for instance.


We publish world-class writing, not ‘world writing’. A lot of translations (because there are so many amazing writers currently not available to readers in English) but always alongside English-language writing. We are happy to consider submissions from authors and agents. Hence . . .


Suggestions and tips are encouraged – send your suggestions to Stefan Tobler via the Contact page. (For a submission, visit our Submissions page.)


We will read as much as we can. But this is fitted in outside of (normal) working hours, so bear with us. Responses to submissions cannot always be quick.


Reading groups keep our lifeblood pumping (ie books!) – if you would like to initiate one and choose its titles with the core team, get in touch (via the Contact page). They are open to everyone on the mailing list and allow readers to have a say in our editorial decisions.


We spread the love. Names of authors or books generating excitement in reading groups (not necessarily unanimous) should be suggested to the core team for inclusion in their next acquisitions meeting.


Final decisions are made by the core team – ultimate responsibility and blame rests with the publisher, Stefan Tobler. And Other Stories is a balancing act: a publishing house that must act as the core team deems best, and yet whose direction and choice of titles is guided by its active supporters’ intelligent, normally civilised, and always passionate debate.


These aren’t really commandments. Not rules but rules of thumb. There’s always an exception to the rule.

Why not-for-profit

And Other Stories has been set up as a Community Interest Company (CIC, pronounced ‘kick’). This means we are a not-for-private-profit company. In such companies no profits are ever paid out to owners.

But what really gives us a ‘CIC’? (Couldn’t resist!) We make our decisions based on what we think is good writing and a good way of working. This sets us apart from shareholder-driven publishing companies where all decisions are ultimately about increasing profits. Of course, in order to be able to continue our work in the long-term, we certainly can’t lose money. Here’s how we try to do good:

  • We commit to donate 10% of our profits between three organisations who are making a difference. Learn more about the organisations we donate to.
  • Our supporters and subscribers can take part in our reading groups to discuss books we should publish.
  • Slowing climate change and working for a sustainable future for people on this planet is central to our working practices. Read more in our Sustainability Statement.
  • We bank with an ethical bank, the Co-operative Bank, that does not invest in sectors such as oil exploration or the arms trade.
  • We value and pay translators properly. Currently this includes putting their name on the front cover and paying at a rate of GBP £95 / 1,000 words of prose.
  • As a CIC, the company cannot be swallowed (bought) by a larger fish, if that fish’s objectives are commercial. So there’s no danger our aims will suddenly change. (Not that hedge funds tend to buy literary presses, admittedly . . .)
  • We do what we can to promote a diverse literary culture, e.g. by supporting fellow independent publishers and bookshops.
  • We are a charter member of Equality in Publishing (EQUIP), which increases access to opportunities within the publishing industry.
  • We make a point of looking for and mentoring the best new talent. Of giving people a foot in the door. As well as recruiting staff without previous publishing experience, we have given a number of authors, translators and editors their first books, and have run competitions and prizes to find translators and authors.

Jeremy Davies

Jeremy M. Davies is Senior Editor. He joined us in 2020 after four years at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which saw his acquisition of such titles as Anne Boyer’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir The Undying, Gerald Murnane’s final novel Border Districts and Virginie Despentes’s International Booker Prize-shortlisted novel trilogy Vernon Subutex. Previous to arriving at FSG, Davies was Senior Editor at Dalkey Archive Press. He is also the author of The Knack of Doing (2016), a collection of short fiction, as well as the novels Rose Alley (2009) and Fancy (2015). His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper’s Magazine, The Baffler and The White Review. His first translation (with Anna Fitzgerald) is of The Suspended Vocation by Pierre Klossowski (2020).

Tom Etherington

Tom Etherington is a designer and art director, he splits his time between working in-house for Penguin and other freelance design projects. He has designed books for authors including Greta Thunberg, Brian Cox, Grayson Perry and Paris Lees. Other clients and collaborators include The New York Times, Fantastic Man, Peter Saville and Granta. He is art director of The Happy Reader, a bookish magazine.

Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn is our U.S. publicist, working with the media and booksellers. A lifelong Chicagoan and career bookseller, he ran events for the Seminary Co-op Bookstores and managed 57th Street Books. He helped to open Volumes Bookcafe and was the primary buyer. Prior to joining And Other Stories, he was a worker-owner at Pilsen Community Books. In 2020 he joined And Other Stories for bookseller outreach and in 2021 became publicist. Someday his Spanish will be strong enough that his to-be-read pile will become even more terrifying. Twitter: @ThomasKFlynn


Javerya Iqbal

Javerya Iqbal is the Sales and Marketing Executive (for trade and direct sales) at And Other Stories. She works with the whole team to make sure our books are in all the right places, for all the right people, at the right prices.  After graduating with a BA (Joint Hons) in English Literature and Language, she interned at Granta Books, where she learnt ‘all’ there is to know about publishing. If she isn’t in a cafe reading (and drinking cocoa), she can be found wandering through the bountiful parks, peaks and museums of Sheffield. She is fluent in Urdu and picked up some German whilst living in Vienna.

Nicky Smalley

Nicky is our UK Publicity Director. She’s also a translator and lover of Swedish and Norwegian literature, and an escaped academic – in 2014 she finished her PhD in Scandinavian Studies at UCL with a thesis rather nattily titled ‘Contemporary Urban Vernaculars in Rap, Literature and in Translation, in Sweden and the UK’. Her translations include Jogo Bonito by Henrik Brandão Jönsson, a Swedish book about Brazilian football, and her translation of Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý is on the 2021 International Booker Prize longlist. She’s lived in Berlin, Stockholm and Rio, but London is her home. You can find her (very occasionally) on Twitter @tallnicky.

Stefan Tobler

Publisher Stefan Tobler founded And Other Stories out of frustration at the great books not being published in English. With English and Swiss parents, he was born in the Amazon. In his mid-twenties, he lived in Dresden for some years. His translations include the 2015 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize shortlisted Água Viva by Clarice Lispector and the 2016 Man Booker International Prize longlisted and Premio Jabuti-winning (Best Foreign Publication category) A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar. Other translations include the only poetry collection in English by a poet from the North of Brazil, Antônio Moura, and Arno Geiger’s The Old King in His Exile. He reads in French and Spanish too and subsidises literary publishing with his fashion shops & Other Stories and his Toblerone chocolate factory. He’s also on Twitter some years @stefantobler.

Tara Tobler

Tara Tobler is Senior Editor at And Other Stories. Originally from Canada, she worked for many years for the Canadian independent publisher Biblioasis. Books she has edited include two of the titles shortlisted for the 2017 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, of which Frank Perry’s translation of Lina Wolff’s Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs went on to win. She is also a writer, freelance reviewer, and mother of two young children. She lives in Sheffield.


Emma Warhurst

Emma Warhurst is the Production Assistant at And Other Stories. She graduated with an MA (Hons) in Spanish from the University of St Andrews and an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she spent her time researching and writing about witches in Latin American literature. Emma briefly worked in shopping television, before spending several years working in the prison and probation service. She has now left prison and is excited to be working in the less dangerous world of literary publishing. Emma spends her free time reading great books and writing not-so-great ones.

Contributing Editors

Briallen Hopper

Contributing Editor Briallen Hopper is proud to represent And Other Stories in the United States. Briallen holds a PhD in English from Princeton, taught writing at Yale and in summer 2018 moved to Queens to be assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Queens College, CUNY. Her writing on books, movies, religion, and politics has appeared in publications including Los Angeles Review of Books, Killing the Buddha, The New Inquiry, and The New Republic, and her smart book of essays on love and friendship, Hard to Love, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2019. She is on twitter @briallenhopper.

Preti Taneja

As a Contributing Editor, Preti Taneja advises us and is involved in our acquisitions process, for which she accepts full manuscripts. Her debut novel We That Are Young won the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize and was also nominated for international awards including the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Jan Michalski Prize and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award. It was a Book of the Decade in The Hindu, a top 10 Book of the Year in The Sunday Times, a Top 10 Literary Fiction Book of the Year in Library Journal, and a Book of the Year in The Guardian and The Spectator. It is in translation around the world. Preti broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4 on world literature and culture; she also teaches writing in prisons and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle.

Advisory Board Members

All our staff and contributing editors are welcome to participate in advisory board meetings. They are joined by:

Caleb Azumah Nelson

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer, living in South East London. He was recently shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and won the People’s Choice prize. He was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020 for his story ‘Pray’. His first novel, Open Water, will be published by Viking (UK) in February 2021 and by Grove Atlantic (US) in April 2021.

Elleke Boehmer

Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. She is the author of highly praised fiction including The Shouting in the Dark and Screens against the Sky, and her other books include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, the biography Nelson Mandela, Stories of Women, and Indian Arrivals. She has edited a number of books, including co-editing J.M. Coetzee in Writing and Theory. A founding figure in postcolonial literary studies, Elleke is currently the Director of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the General Editor of the Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series.

Humairaa Dudhwala

Humairaa joined Manchester University Press as a Production Assistant after completing her BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire. She now works as an Assistant Editorial Controller, and takes great joy in shepherding titles through production. Humairaa’s work was Highly Commended at the Global Undergraduate Awards 2019, and in 2020 she received a Print Futures Award from the Printing Charity. When she emerges from behind her #TBR pile, Humairaa can be found working her way through her baking bucket list.

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator who, barely out of his youth, has a César Aira-like abundance of books to his name. These include works of non-fiction, literary translations, and assorted anthologies and reference books including The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. He has been chair of the Society of Authors, a director of the British Centre for Literary Translation and on the board of many organisations. For us, he has translated Paulo Scott’s Nowhere People and Juan Pablo Villalobos’s I Don’t Expect Anyone To Believe Me. We are also honoured that he has been a subscriber to And Other Stories from our first books.

Abigail Howell

Abigail Howell spent five years living in Beijing, China where she was the publicity and marketing manager for Penguin North Asia. She moved to London to take up a generalist management role, developing growth strategy, resolving problem projects, and managing stakeholder relationships, at a family licensing and manufacture business. Abi went on to pursue an Executive MSc in International Strategy and now runs an Asia-focused strategic advisory business catering to c-suite executives and investors.

Jenny Niven

Jenny Niven is based in Edinburgh and works freelance across a range of literature and cultural projects, including as Executive Producer for the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. Previously, she co-founded and directed Beijing’s first book festival, and was Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, Melbourne. From 2014 – 2019 she led the Literature, Publishing and Languages team at Creative Scotland, Scotland’s funding and development agency for the arts. She has interviewed scores of writers for festivals across Scotland and beyond, and is a regular contributor to BBC Scotland’s cultural programming. Perennially interested in creating spaces for the arts to be valued and celebrated, her latest adventure is as co-director of a brand new poetry festival for Edinburgh, Push the Boat Out.

Steven Norton

Steven Norton is co-head of executive networks, research, and media at Metis Strategy, a management consulting firm that advises Fortune 500 technology executives. He previously was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about business and technology (and occasionally literature in translation). Prior to joining WSJ, he helped launch an online community for financial professionals at Thomson Reuters. Steven holds a BA in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is based in Brooklyn.

Jonathan Paterson

Jonathan Paterson began his trip down from the North East of England by way of Salford University studying Sociology and Cultural Studies and lived in Manchester for many years working in the finance department of the world-famous Lowry Centre art galleries and theatre. He began his publishing career in London at Transworld but now he is a Finance Director at Hachette UK, looking after the commercials for some of the adult trade divisions, working with a broad range of lists including MacLehose Press, Sceptre, John Murray and Jessica Kingsley.

Sarah Russo

Sarah Russo is a publishing professional with experience working across the spectrum of publicity, communications, traditional marketing, social media marketing, branding, event production, and business development. Sarah has worked in-house for Alfred A. Knopf, Doubleday, Scribner, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Other Press, and Oxford University Press (twice), and as a consultant for many companies and authors. Most recently, Sarah was the Global Head of Audience Engagement, Publicity, and Social Media for Oxford University Press. Sarah Russo launched And Other Stories in the US, working as our US publicist in 2013-14, and has continued to be involved in our work.


Nick Sidwell

Nick Sidwell co-founded and runs a company called Monwell, operating online bookshops for newspapers (their clients include Guardian Media Group, News UK and Associated Newspapers). His background is a mix of book publishing, online bookselling and product development.


Lucie Taylor

Lucie Taylor is Assistant Editor for the Library of Arabic Literature, which is published in partnership with NYU Press and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. Previously, she worked at Oxford University Press, where she managed marketing and publicity campaigns for a variety of books including the Oxford World’s Classics and Very Short Introductions series. She holds a BA in Arabic and French from the University of Oxford and is currently a student in NYU’s Near Eastern Studies MA program.


Sustainability Statement

And Other Stories’ Action for the Climate

  1. Carbon-cutting (incl. No-Fly Policy)
  2. Advocacy and Collaboration
  3. Eco-friendly Production and Business
  4. Donating to an Environmental Organisation


  1. Carbon-cutting (incl. No-Fly Policy)

If we want to slow climate change, we have to change our actions as people and companies. Air travel is one of the most significant contributors to carbon emissions and is a major area where we as a press can curb emissions.

With the aim of continually reducing carbon emissions:

  • We don’t fly our staff anywhere or accept invitations from cultural institutions that require flying (e.g. editorial research trips). We don’t organise, fund or apply to funders for author or translator tours involving flights, but instead lobby for behavioural change across the sector and for all to provide for non-flight alternatives (see ‘Advocacy and Collaboration’, below). Naturally, we respect authors’ and translators’ personal choices about long-distance travel.
  • The rare exception that proves the rule: once every few years, we may still use air travel for an author from the Global South, for reasons of equity, or for an author who is on the shortlist for a major prize that requires attendance in person.
  • We measure and monitor our total business travel carbon emissions each year and compare against pre-pandemic levels.
  • We always consider digital options for events, especially a) to cut the carbon footprint and b) to make artists’ work, talks and performances widely accessible (including outside major urban centres).
  • We remember the need for equitable exchange (Global North / Global South – urban / rural), and we look to create opportunities for those at the edges. We commit to ensuring that any loss of promotional opportunity through our no-fly policy is balanced out by work in other ways, including in monetary terms, with greater investment in other promotions and advertising.
  • We help staff to make carbon-cutting life choices by providing extra days of leave through the Climate Perks scheme for each year they don’t use flights for personal travel. This allows them extra time to travel by slower means. We recognise that some staff can go no-fly in their personal lives more easily than others, and are open to introducing further incentives for carbon-cutting life choices.


  1. Advocacy and Collaboration

As a publisher, we use our public platform to advocate. We publish books that deal with the climate emergency, such as Rita Indiana’s Tentacle, which gives a Caribbean perspective on the climate emergency.

We advocate for behavioural change in our sector and for the sharing of knowledge of how we are all changing. It’s important to explore the positives of the new ways of working, which – beyond carbon reductions – include a widening of access for all via more virtual options and the way that slower travel by public transport gives people more time to switch off and read.

We communicate to our partners that we want virtual meeting opportunities to continue (e.g. in hybrid sales conferences). We ask prizes, festivals and foreign cultural institutions to offer no-fly ways to promote books. We ask printers and paper mills to reduce their impact, for example by using renewable energy. We have been an active member of the Publishers Association’s Sustainability Taskforce since its foundation and have been involved in developing tools for the publishing community to measure its environmental impact, as well as in drafting the Publishing Declares pledge:

Publishing Declares

We, the undersigned, pledge to:

  1. Join the global climate effort to limit warming to 1.5°C by setting ambitious, measurable targets across our own operations and extended supply chain to achieve net zero as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest.
  2. Protect nature and biodiversity, working with supply chain partners that are resource efficient, use sustainable materials and processes wherever possible in the content we produce, and constantly innovating to make use of new and recycled materials.
  3. Collaborate with our peers, authors, illustrators, supply chain partners, and business partners to translate our climate aspirations and commitments into tangible actions to safeguard our planet for future generations.
  4. Empower our colleagues to become climate literate and support them to bring that knowledge into the work that they do.
  5. Use our expertise, platform, and voice to raise awareness and drive positive climate action wherever we can.


  1. Eco-friendly Production and Business

We use environmental, low-carbon printers, where production is respectful of human and animal rights. Our books are printed on acid-free, long-lasting papers obtained from sustainable, Forestry Stewardship Council–certified sources, where the wood is harvested responsibly. They are printed with soy and vegetable oil–based inks, and we avoid the use of laminates (plastic) on the books’ covers. Through the Publishers Association’s new tools (tools commissioned in 2021 for development, see ‘Advocacy’ section above), we will be able to investigate our supply chain more closely.

In addition, And Other Stories (and our partners) have stopped using plastics in packaging and aim to work with partners who are eco-friendly and ethical. For example, we bank with the Co-operative Bank, as it does not invest in or loan money to businesses in the fossil fuel industry or other environmentally negative industries.


  1. Donating to an Environmental Organisation

We are a social enterprise and our legal form is the community interest company (CIC). In such companies no profits are ever paid out to owners. Profits are re-invested in our work, but we also commit to donate 10% of the profits, sharing it equally between three organisations, of which at least one will always be chosen for its positive impact on the climate. Learn more about the organisations we donate to.

Of the three, APIB was chosen in part for its climate impact:

The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)

Donate to APIB

It’s clear that preserving rainforests and other natural environments stops extra carbon being emitted, and we donate to the people who are best placed to preserve these environments. APIB is an organisation of Brazil’s indigenous people. Many of them live in the Amazon rainforest, while others are living with the trauma of dispossession, which is a story told in the novel Nowhere People by our Brazilian author Paulo Scott.


Postscript: Readers may notice that we are not planning to purchase any carbon offsets. This is because they are ineffective. For more on this, please see this Greenpeace article or this Pro Publica article.

Equal Opportunities Policy

Inequality and discrimination exist against people due to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, ethnicity (race), religion or belief, gender (sex), and sexual orientation. These are the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010. We also recognise inequality and discrimination exists based on a person’s socio-economic and geographic background. And Other Stories commits to make sure it is open and accessible; that there is equality of employment; to prevent harassment, and make sure everyone is treated equally and with respect; and to ensure any complaints we receive about discrimination or harassment are taken seriously.

We are also a charter member of Equality in Publishing (EQUIP) and have an Equality Action Plan which we discuss and revise regularly. Its actions include our current commitment to a diverse workforce, to diverse artistic work and to gender equality.

Anti-racism Statement

We are currently thinking a lot about this and are discussing what we need to be doing better. We are working towards a public anti-racism statement by end 2021. One thing out in public is our editor Tara Tobler’s opinion piece on anti-racism in The Bookseller (the UK’s trade magazine for publishing). In the article, she talks about the need for more anti-racism work and advocacy from the white publishing sector.


The main ongoing actions are to run publishing career days in the North of England and our commitment to recruit one new person from a background less well-represented in publishing for a one-year publishing assistant role as their first publishing job.

Diverse Artists

We work hard to make sure that books by authors from all backgrounds are considered for publication, and indeed are published, by our press.

Year of Publishing Women 2018 & Gender Parity Pledge

Kamila Shamsie gave a talk that lit a fuse by talking about the fact that books by and about women are still significantly less likely to win literary prizes or to receive as much recognition as their male counterparts. She therefore challenged publishers to have a Year of Publishing Women in 2018. We were the only publisher who took up the challenge.

So far as literary fiction is concerned, we have no doubt that she is right and that the industry is biased towards male writers. We don’t have all the answers, but we were happy to raise awareness, widen the debate, and make an impact in the area of translations (where the statistics are far more skewed towards men, due in part to greater gender inequalities in many other areas of the world).

Going forward beyond 2018, we commit to gender parity on our list, and will continue to look at our submissions and acquisitions processes and consider whether there’s any inherent gender bias in the way we choose books. Our work with contributing editors (starting with the women authors Briallen Hopper and Preti Taneja) is one way we hope to widen our discussions in our acquisitions meetings. For our own Northern Book Prize, which we ran 2018-2020, we never had more men on the judging panel than women. Because we are one of the major publishers of literary fiction in translation, by focusing on gender parity, we will be encouraging a real change in the industry in this area, and hopefully more widely.

Inclusive Publishing

We see the actions we commit to as a continuation of our ongoing project to open up publishing, which started with our brainstorming events before we launched (about what kind of a publisher people wanted), our subscriber supporter base and our reading groups for discussing foreign language books we could publish.

We commit to donate 10% of our profits, sharing it equally between three organisations who make a difference in the areas of climate change and social justice.

The staff and advisory board will review the list on occasion, and are open to suggestions, but at present the organisations we’d like to support are:

The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)

Donate to APIB

It’s clear that preserving rainforests and other natural environments stops extra carbon being emitted, and we donate to the people who are best placed to preserve these environments. APIB is an organisation of Brazil’s indigenous people. Many of them live in the Amazon rainforest, while others are living with the trauma of dispossession, which is a story told in the novel Nowhere People by our Brazilian author Paulo Scott.

Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA)

Donate to JENGbA

A UK grassroots campaign, run by volunteers, that is fighting against a ‘joint enterprise’ law that is leading to convictions for people who are not guilty, people largely from minority and working-class backgrounds. Preti Taneja’s Aftermath brought the law and this organisation to our attention. This organisation is fighting it.

ASSIST Sheffield

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Most national Western governments’ are less than welcoming of people who need to seek asylum. One ray of hope is that local communities often offer welcome by other means, including as cities of sanctuary. And Other Stories’ main home is in Sheffield, which is part of the City of Sanctuary movement. ASSIST Sheffield helps people whose initial application for asylum has been turned down, which entails losing any legal right to housing, benefits or other vital support. ASSIST offer accommodation, information and access to essential services. Two of the And Other Stories’ books that offer perspectives on the experience of people seeking asylum are Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel‘s novel The Gurugu Pledge (tr. Jethro Soutar) and Wolfgang Bauer‘s reportage Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe (tr. Sarah Pybus). By some kind of symmetry, both translators are Sheffielders.

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