A Word from Michael O’Mara …

In July 1985 Michael O’Mara Books published its first book. At that time the firm’s only two employees were Mr. and Mrs. O’Mara and the offices were the spare bedroom of their semi-detached Clapham house, it was, quite literally, a Mom and Pop business.

Now, after thirty years of publications, with a backlist of a thousand titles, it is still a family firm, producing one hundred and fifty new books a year. Succeeding as an independent in a publishing world dominated by vast, multinational conglomerates is not easy but it is fun.

We hope that some of the fun we have had creating our list will filter through to our readers and we look forward to many more years of successful, independent publishing.


Our ethos

As an independent publisher, we depend on the passion and creativity of our employees, illustrators and authors. Every day we prove ourselves to be resourceful, imaginative with our ideas and supportive in our relationships – what we have achieved is testament to the potential of independent publishers everywhere.

We celebrate our people and creativity; we cultivate a reputation that is not only trend-led and nimble, but also strategic, passionate and creative; and we consistently prove ourselves to be a powerful commercial force in the United Kingdom and around the world.



Our values

Commercial success

We’re masters in balancing commercial appeal with originality.

Supporting authors and artists

We seek to give a voice to undiscovered talent, scouring every avenue to discover new voices and styles.

Growing globally

We work closely with our foreign customers to ensure our books have international relevance and appeal.

Design & production

Our titles promote the tactile qualities that make readers fall in love with books as physical products.


We work hard to establish partnerships, supporting charities and inspiring positive social change.



We support

Michael O’Mara Books is proud to support several international and local charities. In 2018 O’Mara Books supported 12 charities, including Link Age Southwark and Doctors of the World.

We have published titles in partnership with Amnesty International and Mind to raise proceeds and support the David Shepherd Wildlife Global Canvas Art Competition at the Natural History Museum.

For more information about our charitable activities, please visit: http://www.mombooks.com/we-support/




Michael O’Mara Books is committed to reducing its carbon impact as much as possible. Find out more about our measures to reduce waste and environmental damage.