I’ve been at Penguin for twenty years in a variety of roles, first joining as a publicity director. Apart from a brief spell at the Sunday Telegraph and a flirtation with the film business after university, it’s always been about books for me. I love my job as Managing Director of Penguin General because of the great variety of books I have the privilege to publish; everything from memoir to military history, and prize-winning novels to manuals for living a healthier life. Publishing is about teamwork and I’ve got the most passionate and brilliant team, committed to getting the work of our authors into the hands of as many readers as possible. It’s fun and inspiring work.
A book that's left a deep impression on me: Hisham Matar’s The Return. It’s a memoir about tracing a missing father in Libya and tells you so much about the dignity and resilience of an extraordinary man - his son, the author. Beautifully written and without a trace of self-pity.
My literary hero: Jane Austen. My endlessly enduring favourite writer. A brilliant novelist: funny, moving and with things to say. Characters and plots that live with you forever. And she did it all with no help or encouragement.
A book I'd recommend to everyone: Impossible question. I used to say A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, but it’s so sad. Perhaps All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for now.