The new home of bestselling fiction

Bonnier Zaffre is a new fiction publishing house based in Marylebone, London.


Since our founding in 2014 by CEO Mark Smith, we’ve assembled an expert team of professionals from the world’s largest publishers, including Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Quercus. Combining experience with true entrepreneurial spirit, we are proud to be building a successful publishing house from the ground up.

At the heart of our business is ambition – ambition for our authors, our customers and our titles. Since we published our first list in spring 2016, we have quickly earned a reputation for transforming debut authors into bestsellers and introducing established authors to new audiences around the world.

Highlights in our first two years include the international No 1 bestsellers Maestra and Domina by LS Hilton, No 1 Sunday Times bestseller Wilde Like Me, by Louise Pentland, No 2 Sunday Times bestsellers Mothering Sunday by Rosie Goodwin and Good Friday by Lynda La Plante, and Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers Nomad and Exile from debut thriller writer James Swallow. We have also had 8 Top Ten Amazon Kindle bestsellers this year, including Sweet Little Lies at No 1.

Our brilliant children’s publishing programme includes books from new authors like Sir Chris Hoy, Bear Grylls and Isla Fisher, as well as established writers like Emily Lockhart and Garth Nix.  2018 sees us notch up a gear again as we publish global bestselling author Wilbur Smith for the first time.

With a carefully curated list of adult and children’s titles and ambitious plans for growth, Bonnier Zaffre is developing into the most creative, internationally facing and focused publishing house in the business.

Bonnier Zaffre is part of Bonnier Books UK. Bonnier Books is a major UK publisher with group sales of £80m. Home to 20 adult and children’s imprints, we publish across a wide variety of genres, for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters.

Bonnier Books UK is owned by Bonnier Books, a family-owned company headquartered in Sweden. Bonnier Books is a top-15 world publisher with global sales of £728m.



Publishing the very best in commercial fiction.

Comprising the core of our publishing programme at Bonnier Zaffre, the Zaffre list offers a wide range of crime, thriller and women’s fiction, from reading group to sagas with an emphasis on quality but accessible writing. . We are proud to publish the very best in these genres, from authors who are building their careers to established worldwide bestsellers.


A dedicated home for debut authors.

Established as a mark of our commitment to the discovery and development of new talent, the Twenty7 list is dedicated to publishing debut writers, first in ebook and then in print. Many of our founding Twenty7 authors have gone on to great critical and sales success.


The home of international bestselling fiction.

A unique partnership between Bonnier Zaffre in the UK and Ullstein in Germany, Manilla is dedicated to bringing the best of European fiction to an English language audience. At Manilla, we believe there is no barrier to the power of a good story.

Hot Key Books

A cutting edge teen and YA imprint under the Bonnier Books UK umbrella that, despite its relatively young age (started in 2012), has clearly defined its profile and reputation as publishing the best authors in this arena. The select programme includes Emily Lockhart, bestselling author of We Were Liars, Holly Black, Laura Dockrill, Garth Nix, M.A. Bennett, Krystal Sutherland, Claire Hennessy, Maureen Johnson, Sally Gardner, and many new emerging talented authors who we will publish for the first time. Originality and authenticity of voice is a key part of our decision to publish authors on this list. To provoke, to challenge, and to enhance lives is always our aim.

Hot Key Books will always aim to shine a light on international and global stories that will excite and remain part of our readers’ experience for years to come.

Piccadilly Press

This vibrant children’s imprint was started in 1983 and has published great writers including Jacqueline Wilson and Louise Rennison amongst many others. Since its acquisition by Bonnier Books UK it has continued to go from strength to strength, publishing quality, commercial, family fiction, for ages 5 to 12 years old. We pride ourselves on being totally inclusive, publishing both standalone stories and illustrated series fiction and often books to make the whole family laugh.

Sir Chris Hoy and Isla Fisher are amongst our newer authors who have created successful illustrated fiction such as Flying Fergus and an anarchic babysitter named Marge for 5–8-year-old readers.  New middle grade series fiction includes The Stig books, inspired by TopGear, and super spy series A.W.O.L by Andrew Lane, as well as new books from Garth Nix, Mark Lowery and many more. The How to Talk series, which was first published over thirty years ago, continues to sell in its thousands, providing expert advice to concerned parents who need reassurance on how to talk to their children. With a significant following from all areas of the industry, including teachers, librarians and booksellers,  Piccadilly Press enjoys a carefully curated accessible publishing programme to appeal to children everywhere.


This imprint publishes the innovative 6-book middle grade epic adventure set in a world where dinosaurs did not die out but have evolved and live alongside us. The World of Supersaurs rollercoaster global adventure series, aimed at 9 years and up, introduces its readers to a heady mixture of heroes and villains, disappearing parents, a lost brother and an intrepid sister, corrupt and dastardly enemies, and of course the mighty and exotic Supersaurs, who dominate this strange alternative world as the story weaves across continents and through history.

Bear Grylls Publishing

The Bear Grylls publishing programme launched in September 2016 with non-fiction books and activity books that describe the world in Bear’s own inspirational words to children from 5 years and up (including adults!) His top tips and essential survival skills are showcased in the Survival Skills Handbooks series, and in books where his own tales of daring expeditions and voyages are told alongside other famous explorers. A young fiction series, the Bear Grylls Adventures, aimed at 5–8 year-olds provides a chance for those who dream of following in Bear’s footsteps to go on an exciting adventure, and learn life skills, facts and information through inspiring stories featuring Bear as he accompanies young adventurers on survival missions.

Memory Lane

Memory Lane is our special community for the the very best saga writing from bestselling authors you know and love, such as Rosie Goodwin, Sheila Newberry and Eileen Ramsay, and new ones we simply can’t wait for you to meet! It is also the home of beloved TV show Home Fires, which has returned as a novel in 2017.


Readers First
Bonnier Zaffre is proud to partner with Readers First, the new UK-based reading and reviewing community. With new books to win every Monday in a weekly draw, you can be the first to read and review brilliant new books for free before they’re published. Collect points toward free books by sharing your reviews.

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