Picador

  • Meet the team

    • Editor-in-Chief

      Ravi Mirchandani

      I publish literary fiction (in English and in translation), speculative fiction, popular science, history, memoir and narrative non-fiction. My authors include Aravind Adiga, Hanya Yanagihara, Robert Seethaler, Fernando Aramburu, China Miéville, Ted Chiang, Isabella Tree and John Carreyrou.

    • Georgina Morley

      Publishing Director

      I publish history, historical biography, memoir and narrative non-fiction. I’m looking for authors who combine a deep knowledge and understanding of their subject with a gift for clear and compelling prose. My authors include Peter Ackroyd, Hugh Aldersley Williams, Sophie Ambler, Michael Burleigh, Yashaswini Chandra, Jane Glover, Adam Hochschild, Channing Joseph, Judith Mackrell, Catherine Nixey, David Nott, David Olusoga, Suzanne O’Sullivan, Robert Service, Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Douglas Smith.

    • Kris Doyle

      Editorial Director

      I publish literary fiction, primarily written in English, and narrative non-fiction about a broad range of subjects. I enjoy books that affect both the head and the heart; books that combine purposeful prose with contemporary relevance; books that make you see yourself and the world afresh. My list included some of Picador's best known writers and some of its most exciting new voices; it features bestsellers and prize-winners, as well as a number of books that I hope will surprise readers and start conversations. The authors under my care include Jon Ronson, The Secret Barrister, Garth Greenwell, Kate Clanchy, Clive James, Edward Docx, Graham Robb, Alexia Arthurs, Darren McGarvey, Richard House, Marianne Power, Amelia Abraham, Guy Stagg, Zia Haider Rahman, Maeve McClenaghan, Jenny Kleeman and Ben Judah.

    • Sophie Jonathan

      Editorial Director

      I publish literary fiction and voice-driven non-fiction. I love fiction that combines a perfectly handled plot, vivid characters and beautiful – even lyrical – writing. I am particularly fond of books that write a place beautifully and in non-fiction I am always looking to find unique personal narratives and books that will ignite passion and debate. Much of what I publish champions female voices (be they from the past or present, fictional or real) and feminism. My authors include Elizabeth Macneal, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Hannah Kent, Sharlene Teo, Helen Oyeyemi, Tim Winton, Jim Crace, Emily St. John Mandel, and Megan Hunter.

    • Ansa Khan Khattak

      Commissioning Editor

      I joined Picador in 2014. I love and am keen to find new fiction which is bold and remarkable, novel either in the way that it’s written, or what it has to say about the world that we live in. I would like to find non-fiction that has a strong narrative voice and manages to convey something meaningful, important – or simply extremely entertaining – to the reader. I would love to bring more voices in translation to Picador – introducing fresh voices or perspectives to an audience who might otherwise miss out on them is something about which I feel passionately. My authors include Lucia Berlin, Manohla Dargis, Wendy Erskine, Genki Kawamura and Éric Vuillard.

    • Kishani Widyaratna

      Commissioning Editor

      I am privileged to publish literary fiction, poetry and non-fiction at Picador. I’m passionate about nurturing bold new writing talent and am a longstanding Contributing Editor for The White Review. In fiction my taste is broad, but I'm drawn to stories that illuminate the world, writers who push boundaries, and brilliant writing that cuts through everything. I'm keen to champion underrepresented voices and distinctive international writing from beyond Europe. In non-fiction, I like writers who challenge the status quo and critique our culture, society and politics. I am a 2019 Bookseller Rising Star. My authors include Sarah Moss, Olivia Laing, Jackie Kay, Julia Armfield, Andrea Lawlor, Mieko Kawakami, Raven Leilani, Safiya Sinclair, Behrouz Boochani, Sinéad Gleeson, Kayo Chingonyi and Sarah Manguso. Twitter: @KishWidyaratna

    • Don Paterson

      Poetry Editor

      I’ve looked after the Picador poetry list for over twenty years, and in that time it’s been my honour to work with the likes of Kathleen Jamie, Robin Robertson, Kate Tempest, Denise Riley, Sean O’Brien, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and Jacob Polley. My own taste is for poets from whom I can learn something new: I look out for writers who have an obvious natural gift for poetry, an identifiably singular way of using language, a deep engagement with the world of ideas – and who can shock me into wakefulness through their unique way of looking at the world. I work closely with Kishani Widyaratna; we’re seeking to build a dynamic and rich list, and a home for the very best poetry across all its current genres and styles. I also teach at the University of St Andrews, and as a writer I’ve published many books of poetry, criticism, theory and aphorism. Please direct poetry submissions via Kishani Widyaratna.

    • Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly

      Editor

      I joined the Picador team in 2016. I am drawn to original, moving and voice-driven stories that tackle contemporary life in a moving or exciting way, never losing a sense of pace along the way. On the non-fiction side, I enjoy big-hearted memoir and issue-driven but accessible narratives. My authors include Cathy Rentzenbrink, Simon Winder, Emma Flint and Naomi Wood.

    • Paul Martinovic

      Associate Editor, Backlist and Non-Fiction

      I joined the Picador editorial team in January 2020. Previously, I have worked in a variety of communications roles across the industry, and on some of the biggest literary brands in publishing. As well as being tasked with developing Picador's rich and diverse backlist of classic fiction and non-fiction ahead of the imprint's 50th anniversary in 2022, I am looking to commission new writing that explores pop culture, internet culture, and burgeoning subcultures from around the world from fresh and unique angles. I'm personally passionate about music, comedy, and film, and am also particularly interested in projects that would work in audio and for our international territories.

    • Roshani Moorjani

      Assistant Editor


    • Marissa Constantinou

      Editorial Assistant