Saqi Books launches non-fiction imprint

Independent publisher Saqi Books is to launch a new non-fiction imprint, with plans to publish between four and eight trade books a year.

The Westbourne Press will publish books concerning current affairs, sexual politics, memoir and history.

Westbourne Press publisher Lynn Gaspard said: "I am absolutely thrilled. The Westbourne Press is a list I wanted to establish as a by-word for topical and engaging writing. Our titles will challenge our worldview and spark debate, whether it be about gender politics, women in the Arab world, or race and class relations in the UK."

Saqi Books was set up in 1983 and specialises in books that bring the cultures of the Middle East and the West together. It launched a literary fiction imprint, Telegram, in 2006.

Saqi Books accept unsolicited manuscripts without an agent. More details are on their web site.

Send, in the first instance, a two-page synopsis along with the first few chapters (c. twenty pages), and a table of contents to:

The Editorial Department
26 Westbourne Grove
London W2 5RH

Please do not send complete manuscripts unless requested to do so. A stamped addressed envelope (or international reply coupons) should be enclosed if you would like material returned. They do not accept submissions by fax, e-mail or on disc.