A love of reading is what first got me into publishing, but it’s the people and culture which have kept me hooked ever since. One thing that has always remained consistent throughout my career is the thrill of bringing a book to life. I’m also a trustee of The Reading Agency and a mentor with Creative Access, and find it incredibly rewarding to work with the wider industry to ensure books continue to work their magic and help change lives.
A book that's left a deep impression on me: The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono taught me that small actions can make the biggest difference, and the central character – Elzeard Bouffier – has stayed with me, quietly, ever since.
My literary hero: From The BFG to Matilda, and from Willy Wonka to The Grand High Witch, Roald Dahl created a cast of characters so original and yet relatable, that his books capture the hearts of readers generation after generation. For this, and the way he sparked my own children’s imaginations and love of reading, Roald Dahl will always be my literary hero.
A book I'd recommend to everyone: The book I’m compulsively recommending to everyone is The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward. Set not far from where I grew up in the north, it’s the extraordinary story – a memoir – of growing up told by a narrator who moves between tenses, between prose and poetry, and that feels alien, yet also strangely close to home.