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Welcome to Straightforward Publishing website. We specialise in the publication of quality self-help books written by professionals currently working in their particular field. The 'Straightforward Guides' are now established in UK bookshops and we cover many aspects of law, personal finances, personal development, property, business, creative writing, childcare, alternative health, and more.

Please use the link on the left index to 'browse our bookshop' - if you click on most of our book-covers you will see the contents and intro pages of the books so that you can get a feel for the subject before you purchase. We pride ourselves in keeping our law and regulations titles under revision, up to date, and in keeping with current legislation.

We have streamlined our operation over the years since starting in 1991 and have developed good relationships with our printers and distributors - you will find our books in most high street locations and many places on the web including Amazon, Google books, Blackwells, W H Smith and Foyles(who, generally, dedicate a shelf to our titles).

Straightforward makes headway into e-books

Our recent additions of e-books is proving popular, and we are at about 60% in converting our range of titles to e-book format. We are making our best-selling titles available in e-book format which can be read by most e-readers including kindle. These are being made available through Amazon's website as are all our paperback titles - the choice of format is yours and the good news for our readers is that our e-book format comes with typical savings of 50% of the original price.

The blue 'Find on Amazon' buttons give direct links through to our e-books on Amazon where you can purchase and download them.
Wherever you see this style of button
Find on Amazon by one of our book descriptions then you can purchase the book as an e-book from Amazon by following the link
This link will take you to our popular 'Straightforward Guide to Employment Law' by Karen Lee - Kindle Edition.
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if your reader will accept this version, but we are assured that most e-readers do.

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Josaphine Spires has managed to produce no less than 4 fascinating books within the last 3 years. Her dynamic character, and commitment to a philosophy of life-affirming beliefs, shine through in her writings. We acknowledge her inspirational abilites...
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Josaphine's books are published under the Emerald Title and can be found in the Emerald Bookshop.

Tough times getting you down - is debt a problem? - Fight back with our recent additions to our Law titles.

Our Law Titles are up to date with the latest information and advice, for example, our recent 'Bailiff Law' book from Anthony Reeves, will give you information about your rights if you're ever in a position to get that dreaded knock on the door. Our recent 'Litigant in Person' book by Michael Langford gives excellent advice on representing yourself in any dispute that reaches court proceedings. 'Knowing Your Rights and Using the Courts' by Amanda Howlett is also a very popular and well-respected book in our camp, recently revised (Nov 2017). Check out all our Law books on topics from housing problems to disabled rights, to employment law, to family law, etc

On-Line Purchasing

Straightforward Publishing bookshop offers on-line purchasing of our titles with free postage on single purchases and up to 25% discount on multiple purchases. We have, after careful consideration, signed up with Paypal to handle credit-card payments. The system is very secure and we can assure customers that we have taken care that all orders and payments from this site are private and guaranteed.
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The ethos of our company is that of personal development and individual empowerment. We hope that you will find what you need from our wide selection and that you will benefit from it.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems or comments.


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Last Updated - Feb 2019

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Our Emerald imprint site has now been merged into this site for economy reasons. All our Emerald titles can be accessed here, as usual:

Emerald websiteEmerald is an imprint of Straightforward Publishing and brings a high standard of design and format quality which complements our early commitment to low-cost publishing for all. This, combined with increased marketing efforts, provides a product that competes with more established publishers.


We are pleased to announce some of our latest additions:

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A Straightforward Guide to
An A-Z  Readers’ and Writers’ Guide to Detective Work Past and Present
Stephen Wade and Stuart Gibbon


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Marianne Richards brings us her latest book 'Beating the Bully', which delves into this serious subject affecting so many in our society today.


12 Point Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction

Is Romance Dead?
Not according to our latest publication - Kate Walker brings us her latest book on how to write Romantic Fiction - having written for Mills & Boon for many years, she should know!


For all you smokers out there
Yes - you know who you are!

Well, it's time for this new Emerald title from Josephine Spire
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Stop Smoking Now - The Survival Guide(the clue is in the title!)


The Housing Crisis?
Way to Go?
Ever thought of building your own home - well we've been there! It's hard going, but it's well worth it!
Design and Build Your Own Home
'Designing and Building Your Own Home'

seperatorThese two authors are dragging 'Sherlock Holmes' into the 21st Century; they present a number of case studies of modern-day crimes in exquisite detail...
The Crime Writer's Casebook
is simply a fascinating book, and a combined effort by, Stuart Gibbon who is a police detective, and Stephen Wade who is a crime historian...

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Crime Writers Casebook


Want to represent yourself in court? Then you are termed a 'litigant in person' and this is the book for you: 'How to be a Litigant in Person' is from Michael Langford, who has considerable experience in the field...

OK we know Tax is not a sexy subject, but if you run a business you know it's something you just cannot ignore! Our lastest Guide to Tax for Small to Medium Size Business is authored by Colin Richards, a qualified accountant, whose previous book-keeping and accounting book was well received...

Roger Sproston
our MD, has been reminiscing,
Fighting for Light,
eh what?



Robert Franks has been busy and gives us 2 new titles adding to his excellent 'What to Expect when You go to Court'.

Nicholas Corder does not believe in Orwell's 'Ignorance is Strength' and gives us another invaluable title, 'Writing Good Plain English', to add to our Creative Writing section, and to enable you to fight the propaganda with...!

A new title to our Emerald 'explaining' range now includes 'Explaining Bi-Polar', written by Doreen Jarrett, a carer, from her own perspective and experiences.

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- Paul Welwyn, a new author, has got it covered with his Straightforward Guide to Buying and Selling on Auction Sites(e.g.Ebay) and getting your business online - no problem - checkout his Guide to Starting an Online Business, from our Business section.


Everyone needs to read this,
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By Anthony Reeves, which provides essential advice and guidelines on debt collection and the debt enforcement industry, including changes to legislation'.