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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. Welcome to Vala's website - we hope you will find a book to inspire you.

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.

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




Stories of the Great Turning in Bristol's Big Green Week

18 June 2014

A celebration of stories, told from the heart, of four people's movement towards more sustainable and compassionate living. And of Hermes the frog.

Writing Without a Parachute

19 May 2014

A Vala co-op member attends a creative writing workshop, to explore a way of writing which promises to be a "vulnerable and open-hearted engagement with the moment".


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


Bite Sized


Spindrift: A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea


The Crystal Mirror