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Urbane Publications is one of UK’s fastest growing independent publishers, committed to the discovery and publication of the books and authors you – and we - want to read.

Urbane is proud to champion diverse voices and ground-breaking titles, and support both established writers and daring debutants in reaching a global readership.

Matthew Smith

Managing Director

Kerry-Jane Lowery

Kerry-Jane believes that she has found with Urbane the perfect outlet for her creativity and love of words. Publishing the works of new and accomplished writers the world over will capitalise on her unusual and varied life experiences and global outlook. She is a published author of a book on particle physics for CERN, launched by Brian Cox in 2008. She was the editorial manager of a Swiss glossy and a Canadian power sports e-magazine, and has edited several other authors. Kerry-Jane’s first love is language, especially the complexities and nuances of English, she also speaks fluent French, Spanish and German. She grew up in Portugal and Switzerland and has lived all over the world, often in extreme environments due to her humanitarian work for the ICRC. She has worked with prisoners of war, genociders, paramilitary groups, hostages, displaced populations and victims of violence. These experiences have given her a broad understanding of the human condition, so important in literature, and provided a foundation stone for her career in publishing.

At Urbane Publications we love books. We know you do too. Join us and dive into some extraordinary words.

Words always have the power and potential to excite, involve, inspire – and we live them at Urbane Publications. This is a journey of discovery – finding new voices, redefining genres, and engaging with a knowledgeable, enthused and energetic group of writers to publish the best books possible. Publishing isn’t simply about creating a range of bland, risk-averse shelf-fillers – readers deserve more than that – and authors deserve the originality of their stories to be championed.

Urbane was founded in 2014 and we’ve published over 150 titles since then, with our books available in all good bookshops – and, we hope, to be found in lots of to be read piles! In 2018 we will be focusing our commissioning and publishing on crime fiction and thrillers, contemporary and women’s fiction and literary fiction, as well as developing a brand new and very exciting business imprint. Do take the time to look through our titles, we’re sure you’ll find a literary treasure or two. These are books that reflect innovative and challenging work, but are also written to entertain, enthral and engage and our greatest measure of success is when you, the reader, discover a new writer.

Publishing Director

Matthew Smith

Matthew is a publishing professional with over 25 years discovering, creating, producing and selling books. From department manager at Waterstones, commissioning editor and publishing director at a number of established publishers, to founding an independent publishing company, Matthew has always lived books. But first and foremost he is an avid reader. Having worked on over 3,000 titles in a huge range of genres, Matthew’s goal is to enable the author’s voice – and give every book a home.

And of course, one day Matthew will write his own book. Maybe.

Matthew Smith


People we are working with

Signature Books UK

Signature Book Representation (UK) Ltd is a leading sales agency for independent publishing, and Urbane’s sales partner in the UK and Ireland. The very experienced sales force offers nationwide coverage, selling into Waterstones and independent bookshops; Bertrams and Gardners wholesalers; to the growing non-traditional market of online retailers; museums, art galleries and gift shops; and to library suppliers and academic booksellers.

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Combined Book Services

Combined Book Services is one of the leading independent UK book distributors, and is the official global distribution partner for Urbane Publications. The company has its origins in a business set up thirty years ago in Tonbridge, Kent by the ‘Hooks Bookshops’ chain to handle their direct mail fulfilment. In 2011, following the acquisition of new lists, CBS moved to a larger warehouse on the Paddock Wood Distribution Centre allowing space for further expansion.

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Durnell Marketing Ltd

Durnell Marketing Ltd is Urbane’s sales partner for European territories outside the UK and Ireland, providing a full time sales service to maximise sales in the book trade, educational institutions, professional associations and libraries throughout Europe.

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Rights People

Urbane’s rights opportunities are handled by Rights People, a full service rights agency with agents in London, Toronto, and New York. They regularly attend the book fairs in London, Bologna, New York and Frankfurt, and make several sales trips each year to territories around the world. Selling directly to publishers in most territories, they also work with trusted co-agents in China, Japan, Korea and Russia. The sales approach is a personal one, finding the best home for every book represented.

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