Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016.
In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four ’s Book at Bedtime.
Ten titles have been short- or longlisted for the CWA Daggers; Doug Johnstone has been shortlisted (twice) for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year and Helen FitzGerald, Matt Wesolowski and Will Carver have been long/shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Orenda Books has been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Kati Hiekkapelto, Helen FitzGerald, Doug Johnstone, Will Carver, Matt Wesolowski, Kjell Ola Dahl, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Vanda Symon, Helga Flatland and Susi Holliday.
Sign up to the monthly Orenda Books subscription and each month you’ll get their newest books sent straight to you.
If they’re part of a series, Bert will check in with you to make sure you’ve read the first ones – and if you haven’t, you’ll get the first in the series instead – and on the rare instance there aren’t two books published in a given month, you’ll be offered the option to choose another book from the Orenda Books backlist!
Payments will be taken monthly (or bi-monthly depending on frequency picked) on the anniversary of your first sign-up
Bundles will be sent out on the 15th of each month.