CB editions publishes short fiction, poetry, translations and other work which, as the Guardian noted, ‘might otherwise fall through the cracks between the big publishers’. The first four books were published in November 2007. CBe titles have won prizes for fiction, poetry and translation, and have been shortlisted for other awards (among those the Goldsmiths Prize and Guardian First Book Award). 

For a snapshot history of CBe, see these Sonofabook blog posts: part 1, part 2.

From 2007 the covers of the books (with the occasional exception) featured simply the title and author’s name on manilla board, alluding with respect and thanks to the paperback London Magazine editions published by Alan Ross in the late 1960s and early 70s.
From mid-2016, the covers of reprints of existing titles allude to the two-colour London Magazine hardback editions:



CBe titles are distributed by Central Books. CBe benefits most from purchases made direct from this site; delivery within the UK is free and the books are usually sent within 24 hours of ordering.

In 2011 CBe put on a London book fair for 23 poetry presses; this has become an annual event in September of each year, with more than 80 presses participating, and is now run by the Poetry Society. See the Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair website.

CBe is a one-person venture – and as such, is unable to expand continuously. From 2017 CBe will be publishing no more than two or three titles a year. The book-publishing programme has received no external funding, and thus relies entirely on sales of the books to stay afloat. 

Jennie Walker’s 24 for 3 (McKitterick Prize, 2008), one of the first four CBe titles in 2007, is now published by Bloomsbury (and by Soho Press in the US, Einaudi in Italy and Unionsverlag in Germany). Christopher Reid’s The Song of Lunch, first published by CBe in 2009 and filmed for the BBC in 2010, is now published by Faber. May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break is now published by Sceptre. Will Eaves’s Murmur is now published by Canongate. Dai Vaughan’s Sister of the artist is published by Arléa in France, Gabriel Josipovici’s Only Joking by Gerd Haffmans in Germany, Todd McEwen’s The Five Simple Machines by Automática in Spain, Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist by Penguin in Australia, Andrzej Bursa’s Killing Auntie and Jonathan Barrow’s The Queue by New Vessel in the US.  
 
Sonofabook: a print magazine published by CBe in 2015/16. Copies of the magazine are offered here free with every purchase from this site of 2 books or more: simply add ‘S1’ or ‘S2’ in the ‘instructions to merchant’ box as you click through PayPal, or send a separate email.

Sonofabook 1 (Spring 2015; 978-1-909585-07-2; 160 pp) includes new or previously untranslated work by Will Eaves, Nancy Gaffield, Agota Kristof, Elizabeth Mikesch & May-Lan Tan, J. O. Morgan, D. Nurkse, Dan O’Brien, Francis Ponge and others.

Sonofabook 2 (Spring 2016; ISBN 978-1-909585-16-4; 144 pp), edited by Sophie Lewis, includes work by Salim Barakat, Luke Carman, Julián Herbert, Adriana Lisboa, Emmanuelle Pagano, Taras Prokhasko, Pierre Reverdy, Pierre Senges and Gabrielle Wittkop.

Sonofabook - editions 1 & 2
 

2019: Murmur by Will Eaves wins the Wellcome Book Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize; the book is shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the James Tait Black Prize in September, and longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Publication is taken over by Canongate. Will Eaves’s other CBe titles (The Absent Therapist, The Inevitable Gift Shop) are still available from this site.

2018: three books: Will Eaves, Murmur; Philip Hancock, City Works Dept., and Blush by Jack Robinson and Natalia Zagórska-Thomas, the first CBe book to accord equal status to images and text.

2017: two books: Jack Robinson, An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B. and Robinson.

2017: Lara Pawson, This Is the Place to Be shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Gordon Burn Prize.

2017: Diane Williams, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize; Will Eaves, The Inevitable Gift Shop shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon, translators of Suite for Barbara Loden (Les Fugitives; available from this website) win the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize.

This could be one of the most enjoyable fivers you’ve ever spent.’

2014 was CBe's highest-profile year to date: May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break  on the shortlist for the  Guardian First Book Award; Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize; the  Scott Moncrieff Prize for translation won by Beverley Bie Brahic for her translations of poems by Apollinaire published as The Little Auto; J. O. Morgan’s At Maldon  shortlisted for the Saltire Society's Poetry Book of the Year Award.

Dan O’Brien’s War Reporter: winner of the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize 2013. (CBe’s two previous first collections – J.O. Morgan’s Natural Mechanical and Nancy Gaffield’s
Tokaido Road) – also both won the Aldeburgh Prize and were shortlisted for the Forward.)

For one week in July 2013, CBe and Eyewear Publishing ran a pop-up shop in Portobello Road, London W11, hosting readings by many writers and selling our own books and those of three other presses.





















Dai Vaughan – film editor, teacher, essayist, poet, novelist, and author of Sister of the artist – died on 6 June 2012.