The Independent Publishers' Alliance


The Independent Publishers' Alliance was set up in 2013 by Honest Publishing,

and quickly joined by Bluemoose Books, Pighog Press, Reality Street,

Shearsman Books, Nightjar Press, Murder Slim Press, Etruscan Books and Unthank Books. The publishers in the alliance are proud to share the ethos of publishing original, innovative writing.


What do we stand for?

We stand for true independent publishing and we aim to publish the best, and sometimes unheralded, talent from around the world.


Through combined marketing and promotion, the Independent Publishers' Alliance aims to combine the reach of its members, ensuring their literature is accessible and known to all.


Keep an eye out for our titles at your local bookshop or library and help keep the
spirit of the independent alive.







    Ken Edwards explores the themes of exile, the aftermath of war, paranoia, improvised music and nothingness in a series of linked dialogues, dramatic monologues and short fictions. The collection is completed with the full text of Nostalgia for Unknown Cities, previously published separately.


    "...hypnagogic derangement as the urban dream dissolves before our eyes."- Iain Sinclair, The Observer.


    "Like glassy-eyed screen junkies, casual consumers of language ... often ignore the reach and density of the technology that so entirely enthralls them. Not so for readers who engage with the disturbing elegance of Ken Edwards' elegiac Down With Beauty. Beckett meets Coltrane, Bo Diddley meets Satie, the Sex Pistols meet Swift - the prose at once shimmers and infuriates, engages and intimidates...." (Joseph Dewey, Review of Contemporary Fiction).


    Down With Beauty by Ken Edwards, Reality Street 2013, 978-1-874400-61-5,<

    240pp, price £10.50.