The Lume and Joffe Books Story

Lume Books was founded by Matthew Lynn, one of the true pioneers of independent publishing. In 2023 Lume Books was acquired by Joffe Books and now its story continues as part of the Joffe Books family of companies.

Joffe Books began in 2014 when Jasper agreed to publish his mum’s much-rejected romance novel and it became a bestseller.

Since then we’ve grown into the largest independent publisher in the UK. We’re extremely proud to publish some of the very best writers in the world, including Joy Ellis, Faith Martin, Caro Ramsay, Helen Forrester, Simon Brett and Robert Goddard. Everyone at Joffe Books loves reading and we never forget that it all begins with the magic of an author telling a story.

We are proud to publish talented first-time authors, as well as established writers whose books we love introducing to a new generation of readers.

We have been shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards three times, in 2020, 2021 and 2022, and for the Diversity and Inclusivity Award at the Independent Publishing Awards in 2022.

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You might just find your next favourite read.


Sustainability & Packaging

Everyone loves a paperback book, but not everyone thinks about how they’re made. The key ingredient is paper, so we think it’s important to know where it comes from. Almost a third of the world’s surface is covered by trees and forests and we have a duty to protect them, which is why the paper we use to print 100% of our books is Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) certified. You can read more about the crucial work of FSC™ here.

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