Our History

We’ve come a long way since 1985.
Here’s a quick glimpse at Michael O’Mara Books through the decades …


The ITN Book of The Royal Wedding

August 1, 1986

O’Mara Books publish their first big hit. Alastair Burnet’s biography of the Queen Mother, entitled The ITN Book of the Queen Mother, quickly topped the 1985 Sunday Times bestseller list.

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Monica’s Story

May 1, 1999

Following the runaway success of Diana: Her True Story, Michael O’Mara Books and Andrew Morton team up to publish their next big seller: Monica’s Story, the autobiography of┬áMonica Lewinsky.


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Expansion and growth

August 29, 2000

After a history of mega bestsellers, Michael O’Mara Books turn’s its attention towards steady and consistent growth with a new publishing strategy: focusing on new humour and language titles, and the expansion of its children’s books imprint.


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Raising the company profile

August 29, 2004

In 2004, O’Mara Books climb their way up the Nielsen charts with 16 titles among the year’s top 5,000 selling books. Shite’s Unoriginal Miscellany reaches #5 in the non-fiction category for small publishers.


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Independent Publisher of the Year 2008

August 29, 2008

Michael O’Mara Books win International Achievement of the Year at the Independent Publisher of the Year awards. Also shortlisted: Arcadia Books and Earthscan.


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