At Michael O’Mara Books we specialise in creative and inspired adult non-fiction. Independent, commercial and always on-trend, we are passionate about our books and publish an exciting and varied list – from history and popular science to language; sport and biography to puzzles; gift and humour to craft – that reaches readers across the world.

New Titles


The Book of Me

£9.99

Through creative exercises and mini-journals, discover your unique, multi-faceted self. With short introductory narratives, and trigger headings to provoke thought, creativity and self-awareness, The Book…

The Wild Remedy

Emma Mitchell

£14.99

Emma Mitchell has suffered with depression – or as she calls it, ‘the grey slug’ – for twenty-five years. In 2003, she moved from the city to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and began to take walks in the countryside around her new home, photographing, collecting and drawing as she went. Each walk lifted her mood, proving to be as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.

In Emma’s hand-illustrated diary, she takes us with her as she follows the paths and trails around her cottage and further afield, sharing her nature finds and tracking the lives of local flora and fauna over the course of a year. Reflecting on how these encounters impact her mood, Emma’s moving and candid account of her own struggles is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with nature may offer some answers to today’s mental health epidemic. While charting her own seasonal highs and lows, she also explains the science behind such changes, calling on new research into such areas as forest bathing and the ways in which our bodies and minds respond to plants and wildlife when we venture outdoors.

Written with Emma’s characteristic wit and frankness, and filled with her beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a truly unique book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.

Coming Soon


For Freddie

The inspirational memoir from the founder of the You, Me and the Big C podcast, Rachael Bland. Courageous and life-affirming, this is a mother’s final gift to her son.

My beautiful son, I so wish that I didn’t have to leave you now. But believe me, I tried EVERYTHING I could to stay around for you, and for every moment I could eke out of this life. From the outset, it was not a fair fight. My cancer was too big, and too aggressive, and we didn’t start on a level playing field. You were fourteen months old and at the beginning I was so full of fierce intention that we could get past this. I would lay you in your cot each night and silently communicate from my mind to yours, ‘I will do this Freddie, I will gladly take whatever they throw at me if it means we can stay together’.

In 2016, beloved broadcaster and journalist Rachael Bland was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly afterwards she made the brave decision to share her story, and she spoke with beautiful poignancy through her blog and podcast, You, Me and the Big C.

Having been told that she only had a matter of months left to live and writing this in what were sadly her final days, Rachael brings her warmth, courage and humour to the page in this heart-warming and heart-breaking story. Part memoir, part advice, For Freddie beautifully encapsulates the grace and fearlessness in which Rachael lived her life. This is her legacy and an incredible final gift to her son.

Includes moving contributions from Richard Bacon, Tony Livesey, Emma Barnett, Shelagh Fogarty, Mark Pougtach, Chris Stark and many more.


Audio: Listen to the Emoji Code Podcast

Leigh Alexander speaks to Dr Vyvyan Evans – author of The Emoji Code – about the role the emoji plays in human communication. What’s different about emoji, how can they help us communicate better in the digital age, and where might non textual communication be heading next?

Our Updates


New Job Role: Digital Sales Assistant

11/12/2018

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organised Digital Sales Assistant to join our busy office, reporting to the Foreign and Digital Sales Director. Closing date: 4th January 2019, 5.30 pm (GMT).

New Job Role: Office Administrator

05/12/2018

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organised Office Administrator to join our busy London office. Closing date: Closing date: 1st January 2019, 5.30 pm (GMT)