Saraband is a creative independent publisher known for its engaging, well-written and beautifully made books and innovative digital products – and for being awarded the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year prize for 2013–14.
With a broad range of nature, history, arts, memoir and literary titles, we celebrate excellent writing and extraordinary human achievements, explore important cultural traditions and champion planet Earth. In 2014 we opened a new imprint, Contraband, publishing crime, thriller and mystery titles – both literary and commercial, with Neil Broadfoot’s debut shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year in our opening season.
We are delighted to have published Ian Stephen’s A Book of Death and Fish, a literary debut that has received the highest critical praise; Jim Crumley, amongst the leading nature writers in the UK and shortlisted for a 2014 Saltire Society literary award; Jean Rafferty, shortlisted for the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize; symbols expert Clare Gibson; forager and living-history pioneer Fi Martynoga; best-selling book group favourite J David Simons, author of An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful and The Land Agent, and many other talented and award-winning authors.
Nature and environment titles include Nature’s Architect, Jim Crumley’s book on the reintroduction of beavers to the UK; A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests and A Handbook of Scotland’s Coasts; and Aquaponic Gardening, a step-by-step guide to growing fish and vegetables organically and sustainably. Illustrated highlights include Beneath Cold Seas, winner of a National Outdoor Book Award, which beautifully illustrates the need to conserve a stunning underwater world.
Safety First, a history of RoSPA’s safety posters, showcases the outstanding contribution of British illustrators to our cultural life in the 20th century, whilst Heart of the Hero by Kari Herbert sheds light on the as-yet untold stories of the women behind our great polar explorers – including her own mother (Kari is the daughter of explorer Sir Wally Herbert).
In the digital realm, we created the hit Burns Night app, which brings the traditional Burns birthday party up-to-date, and developed the Bookspotting app for Publishing Scotland, amongst other innovative projects.