Now in its twenty-eighth year, independent publishing house Michael O’Mara Books has established a reputation for high-profile autobiographies and biographies (including Anything Goes by John Barrowman, A Fart in a Colander by Roy Hudd, My Word is My Bond and Bond on Bond by Sir Roger Moore and Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story, the second highest-selling book of the 1990s). We have also embraced the pop world, publishing bestselling biographies of Justin Bieber and boyband One Direction. Our list includes humour and non-fiction (such as the Sunday Times bestseller I Before E (Except After C), The Timewaster Letters and The Book of Senior Moments), and fun and fantastic children’s books published under our Buster Books imprint, named after the O’Maras’ beloved Norwich terrier.
The nostalgic series started by I Before E (Except After C) now encompasses titles including the Sunday Times bestsellers I Used To Know That and My Grammar and I. Over a million books have been sold across the series, which also includes titles for children such as Thirty Days Has September. New paperback editions for these top-selling titles give readers the chance to build up an attractive reference library on subjects including philosophy, history, language, classics, poetry and much more.
The humour title Where’s the Meerkat? was a Number One Sunday Times Bestseller at Christmas 2011, bringing a touch of meerkat magic to every stocking. Where’s the Meerkat? On Holiday and Where’s the Meerkat? Journey Through Time continue the cheeky meerkat family’s adventures. The Diary of a Wimpy Vampire series has brought the trials of Nigel, a rather awkward teenage vampire, to more than twenty countries around the world. Poor Nigel’s issues continue into 2013 with The Wimpy Vampire Strikes Back.
SHORTLISTED for Independent Publisher of the Year Award at both the Independent Publishers’ Guild Awards 2008 and 2009, and the British Book Industry Awards 2008
WINNER of the International Achievement of the Year Award at the Independent Publishers’ Guild Awards 2008
WINNER of the 2009 Publishers’ Publicity Circle Award for the best celebrity hardback campaign (Roy Hudd’s A Fart in a Colander)
WINNER of the Autumn 2012 Publishers’ Publicity Circle Quarterly Award for the campaign for Roger Moore’s Bond on Bond
SHORTLISTED for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2012 for Out of This World: All The Cool Bits About Space by Clive Gifford
What The Bookseller says:
- ‘shockingly successful’
- ‘Continuing to punch well above its weight…’
- ‘Michael O’Mara: Santa’s favourite’
- ‘has developed an enviable niche in the gift book market with the likes of The Dads’ Book and The Girls’ Book of Glamour regular fixtures on the bestseller lists’
- ‘impressive growth in the last seven years’