Born from the ashes of mainstream book publishing, Sun Rider Press was founded in the European summer of 2019. Mike, its founder and long rider of the road, began putting pen to paper when he embarked on his first multi-country journey. He originally wrote short stories of his hitch-hiking and Couchsurfing adventures, but after a couple of books and an overflowing inbox of literary rejections, Mike came to a startling realisation: travel stories don't sell. That is, unless you're a somebody. That transatlantic voyage by some ex Tour de France winner, or that latest celebrity cookbook exploring the cultural delicacies of ‘off-the-beaten-track’ areas.  These were the travel stories publishers wanted. It's a shame that they are so short-sighted.


What about all the larger-than-life stories of our fellow global neighbours? Those we tell each other on the road, or over a glass of wine with new friends in faraway places? In a world where we are more siloed than ever before, we need stories that celebrate our global and collective strength to break down the barriers that divide us. Sun Rider Press is a home for these near-forgotten tales.

We produce travel literature to entertain, inspire and challenge the notions of what travel can be. Each book is limited edition, hand-signed and numbered. It’s our way of celebrating  paperback books and keeping them in the hands of people who cherish them as much as we do. Sun Rider Press intends to challenge mainstream publishing by putting the power back into the hands of the storytellers themselves.