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David Salariya was born in Dundee, Scotland. He is an author, artist, and book designer. He founded his children's publishing business The Salariya Book Company in 1989. He has created and designed over fifty children's book series, including the bestselling You Wouldn't Want To Be series... The Spectacular Visual Guides… series, A Very Peculiar History… series. He writes as David Stewart and Max Marlborough.


David studied illustration and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee, specialising in book design in his post-graduate year. He trained to be an art teacher at the University of Sussex, working in a bakery then starting his freelance career as an illustrator with publishers: Reader's Digest in London and Giunti Marzocco in Florence. 


In 1985 David began to conceive, create, design and commission children’s non-fiction books, working as a ‘packager’ for the publishers: Franklin Watts, Simon & Schuster - creating many new series including: Inside Story, Spectacular Visual guides, Timelines, The X Ray Picture Book’s, How Would You Survive and many more.


In 1989 David founded The Salariya Book Company, and its imprint: Book House, Scribblers and Scribo, aiming to build an independent children’s publishing house prizing innovation, inclusion, humour and quality above all else. In 1999 David created and designed the best selling You Wouldn’t Want to be…series which went on to be translated into 36 languages. 


David, ever keen to embrace emerging technologies, collaborated on multi dimensional CD Rom’s in 1995 and Augmented Reality in 2010. In 2017, David  inaugurated the Stratford-Salariya Children's Picture Book Prize with the Stratford Literary festival for unpublished picture book writers and illustrators.


With over 1200 titles translated into different languages and published globally, the fiercely independent The Salariya Book Company worked with talented artists, authors and experts, becoming a platform for producing high-quality children’s literature, seamlessly blending words and pictures. Becoming ill during the pandemic, David sold his business in 2022 marking the end of a chapter in his career, but giving the opportunity for new ambitions. 


David is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a member of The Society of Authors. He has contributed to group exhibitions at The Royal Scottish Academy, Compass Gallery, and Stirling Gallery. He has three works in the collection of the University of Dundee.

Awards & Milestones


SED major travelling scholarship

Awarded  the Major Scottish Education Scholarship  at the end of my post-graduate year at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee . 


The Salariya Book Company founded

The Salariya Book Company is  registered as a company, the name influenced by Andy Warhol's 'Factory' - a book company, rather than a 'publisher, at the time a 'packager' providing books up to the completed editorial stage for publishers.


TES Award

Times Educational Supplement Award for

Senior Information Book of the Year. 

Inside Story Egyptian Pyramid, Created & Designed by David Salariya. written by Jacqueline Morley,

illustrated by John James & Mark Bergin.

Published by MacDonald Young Books. London

Sketchbooks in a pile - looking like stairs
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