The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, based in London. Guided by a spirit of internationalism, feminism and social justice, we publish books to make readers see the world afresh, question their behaviour and beliefs, and imagine a better future.

The Parenthood Dilemma: Decisions in our Age of Uncertainty

By Gina Rushton

Should we become parents? How do we decide? How do race, gender and class affect our experiences of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood? How do we navigate uncompromising workplace cultures and excessive emotional labour? How do we address the paradox of creating new life on a planet facing catastrophic climate change? How does our own childhood impact how we choose to parent, if we do so at all?

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Charleston: Race, Water & the Coming Storm

by Susan Crawford

An unflinching look at Charleston, a beautiful, endangered port city, founded by English settlers in 1669 as a hub of the sugar and slave trades, which now, as the waters rise, stands at the intersection of climate and race.

It’s a book that I wish every community could have for facing economic inequality, racial injustice and climate change.

Laura Trethewey, author of Imperiled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea 

Meet Susan Crawford, author of Charleston

Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She previously was Obama’s special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy and co-led the FCC transition team between his and the Bush administrations. As an academic, she teaches courses about climate adaptation and public leadership.

Crawford is the author of several books, including Captive Audience and Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution and Why America Might Miss ItCharleston: Race, Water and the Coming Storm is published 24 August 2023.

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Pearl by Siân Hughes

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

Marianne is eight years old when her mother goes missing.

Left behind with her baby brother and grieving father in a ramshackle house on the edge of a small village, she clings to the fragmented memories of her mother’s love and struggles to adjust to a life without her.

Pearl, an exceptional debut novel, is both a mystery story and a meditation on grief. The degree of difficulty in writing a book of this sort – at once quiet and hugely ambitious – is very high.’

The Booker Prize judges 2023

Could It Have Been Written by a Woman?

On how Susie Nicklin came to acquire Pearl

“When I was sent the manuscript entitled Pearl, by Siân Hughes, I was enchanted. Hughes’ writing is flawless, like the privy pearl without a spot; I hardly changed a word. She captures the spirit of the original and shows us consolation through legend, nursery rhymes, folk songs, as a daughter seeks to understand the reasons for the disappearance of her mother.”

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Burnt Eucalyptus Wood: On Origins, Language and Identity

By Ennatu Domingo

Torn between forgetting and remembering, Ennatu Domingo explores the dilemma of international adoptees and migrant children and their quest for belonging in a book destined to be a classic of its genre.

‘It is at once a love story and a battle cry, an elegy and an anthem. It is compulsive reading, bursting with tenderness while remaining uncompromising in its assessments and realisations.’

Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize


By Joseph Zigmond

Some nights last forever . . .

In the summer of 2006, a chance encounter on the London Underground finds eighteen-year-old Ali tagging along with a school friend and a mysterious girl to a club. The girl is Cece, and she seems to be everything Ali is not. For one night he is transfixed and transformed into someone who might belong. Constance is a novel of teenage fragility, male blindness and everyday complicity.  

‘This is a heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful book, a searing portrait of love, betrayal, redemption and complicity.’

Laura Bates, author of Everyday Sexism and Fix the System, not the Women

Books on Climate Change


by Priya Hein

Fifteen-year-old Noemi has no choice but to leave school and work in the house of the wealthy De Grandbourg family. Just across the road from the slums where she grew up, she encounters a world that is starkly different from her own ­– yet one which would have been all too familiar to her ancestors.

‘Priya Hein tells this harrowing story in the most beautiful prose, luminous and musical, drawing in the reader before hitting them hard with the reality of her young narrator’s life.’

Ananda Devi, author of Eve Out of Her Ruins