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I run Ebury, the non-fiction specialist publishing house of Penguin Random House UK (though we do also have a small-but-perfectly-formed fiction list). My whole career has been in non-fiction publishing of various kinds, from English language teaching materials to military history – and I love working with Ebury’s broad range of authors and books. I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing, whether it’s a publishing trend or a new technology that might improve the way we work. And I spend a huge amount of time helping people be the best version of themselves they can, cheesy as that may sound.

A book that's left a deep impression on meA Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I can almost tear up just remembering it.

My literary hero: All the children in The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown. The copy I had when I was a child fell apart after about 50 readings.

A book I'd recommend to everyoneThe Choice by Edith Eger. Edith survived Auschwitz, where she was forced to dance for Josef Mengele, and became a psychologist. This is an incredibly powerful memoir that inspires the reader to make a choice about how to live every day.

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