Picador

  • Meet the team

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      Publisher

      Philip Gwyn Jones

      I became Publisher at Picador in June 2020 in lockdown, amid statues being overthrown, biases being challenged, histories reassessed, authorities interrogated, faultlines exposed, voices unsilenced, changes accelerated, and a torrent of stories, testimonies, emotions and ideas being unleashed everywhere, and I look to channel some of that energy and purpose with the superb team here into Picador's publishing, enhancing the great work of my immediate predecessor Paul Baggaley and his ancestors all the way back to the mighty Sonny Mehta, as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2022. Picador has always taken its responsibilities as a gatekeeper in the culture with the utmost seriousness, but also knows when and how to smile.

      Prior to Picador, I was the founding Publisher at Scribe UK for six years, before that having set up Portobello Books and merged it with Granta Books and being Publisher there for a decade [2004-2013], having started out at HarperCollins in 1989 where I was Publisher of first Fontana Press, then latterly Flamingo until its untimely demise.

      I also perform my national service on the Welsh Books Council Grants Panel. I am currently President of the Royal Literary Fund, Britain's most benevolent charity for writers. I am a Creative Writing Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. And I am a Trustee of English PEN.

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      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.

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      Publishing Director

      Georgina Morley

      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.

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      Editorial Director

      Kris Doyle

      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 includes 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.

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      Editorial Director

      Sophie Jonathan

      I publish literary fiction and voice-driven non-fiction. In fiction I look for stories that are rich in voice and expansive in scope, that move across the world and backwards and forwards in time. I love fiction that combines a perfectly handled plot, vivid characters and beautiful – even lyrical – writing. I am particularly interested in books that engage with the identity of place, and in non-fiction I am always looking to find unique personal narratives and books with a cause, writing that will ignite passion and debate. My authors include Elizabeth Macneal, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Mariam Khan, Emma Stonex, Hannah Kent, Sharlene Teo, Helen Oyeyemi, Tim Winton, Jim Crace, Gabriela Garcia, Emily St. John Mandel, and Megan Hunter. 

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      Commissioning Editor

      Ansa Khan Khattak

      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 Dima Alzayat, Lucia Berlin, Manohla Dargis, Wendy Erskine, Danielle Evans, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Kim Hye-jin, Neema Shah, and Éric Vuillard.

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      Editorial Assistant

      Salma Begum


    • Poetry Editor

      Don Paterson

      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.

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      Commissioning Editor

      Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly

      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.

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      Associate Editor, Backlist and Non-Fiction

      Paul Martinovic

      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.

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      Assistant Editor

      Roshani Moorjani

      I joined the Picador team in 2018 and I assist Ravi Mirchandani, Kris Doyle and Sophie Jonathan.

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      Assistant Editor

      Marissa Constantinou

      I joined Pan Macmillan in 2017 to assist Harriet Sanders with the Macmillan Collector's Library imprint and have since started working with George Morley on her non fiction list and with Don Paterson on the poetry list. My interests are broad, spanning from diverse classics to voice-driven non fiction, and from poetry that helps make sense of the world to issue-led literary fiction. 

    • Editorial Assistant

      Orla King