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Vala: Books from a better world

Whether it is leadership, zen cooking, storytelling, forgiveness or creative writing, all our books explore brave and authentic ways of thinking and being. And love. And revolution.

While our style is welcoming and personal, we publish powerful and distinctive narratives to help you think and act differently, in response to the challenges of our time. Our aim is to help you discover strength and inspiration through lived stories of learning and transformation.

We are a cooperative. Our members include authors, readers and book professionals.

Bite Sized in the Tobacco Factory

08 October 2014

A review of Bite Sized in the Tobacco Factory, by Mark Smalley

Launching Bite Sized with a dance of life

24 September 2014

Vala wants its books to move in different ways. To invite fresh interactions and connections, to open up new shared spaces.


If You Sit Very Still

Marian Partington

"An extraordinary story of inner movement and growth. There is nothing easily consoling here, rather a sense of stillness, acceptance and hope - both given and worked for."

Rowan Williams, Book of the Year 2012, Times Literary Supplement


All our books

Coming Home to Story


Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea


The Golden Thread


Bite Sized