discovering routes in roots.

Taproot Press is an Edinburgh-based publisher committed to presenting challenging, contemporary voices from both Scotland and beyond.

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Taproot Press was started by two University of Edinburgh students, Patrick and Dani, with the help of experienced editor Jennie Renton and poets Robert Alan Jamieson and Miranda Pearson.

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South-West Scotland, 2010. When Helena’s son is born with unexplained paralysis, she turns to the Jewish grandmother she never knew, unfolding the past in search of answers.

Berlin, 1937. Single mother and kitchen hand Dora struggles in a city growing increasingly hostile, with questions being asked of bloodlines and identity. Will she always be alone? And how long will she and her daughter be able to call this home?

‘A finely-drawn portrait of family and memory
and history – tender and true.’
Rachel Seiffert

‘Here is an author who possesses great insight into what it means to be a mother and the sacrifices she has to make for the love of her child.’
J David Simons



We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have signed a contract with author Rodge Glass to publish his memoir, Joshua in the Sky, in Summer 2024.

Learn more about this remarkable book here.

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Taproot Press is an independent, Edinburgh-based publisher of challenging, contemporary literature from Scotland and around the world.

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