As a keen reader all my life, making the decision to work in publishing wasn’t a difficult one and I’ve never regretted it. I started in a small art book publisher, putting things into envelopes and typing out invoices. I began sending out a few review copies because no-one else was doing it and before I knew it, I had become a publicist! Publicity suits me because it involves a mixture of all the skills we need in this business, creative and commercial, but at its simplest it’s working in a team, helping people discover our wonderful books and their authors. The joy of Transworld is that we publish such a variety of books and no day is the same. We could be launching something new by a well-known figure in the world of science, then next working out how to get a debut novelist off the ground. It’s always fun and stimulating.
A book that’s left a deep impression on me: East West Street by Philippe Sands. Through the prism of his own family’s history, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands uncovers the story of the two prosecutors at the Nuremberg trials who created the concepts of crimes against humanity and genocide. It’s a fascinating and original insight into events we think we know well, which reads with all the narrative drive of a first class thriller.
My literary hero: Roald Dahl. There are few writers who are equally as engaging for adults as for children, especially on a second, third or tenth reading. I am eternally grateful to Mr Dahl for making bedtime stories every bit as enjoyable for me as for my daughter.
A book I’d recommend to everyone: I’ve lost count of the number of people whose hands I’ve pressed John Boyne’s wonderful The Heart’s Invisible Furies into. This story of one Irishman’s life over seventy years is also the story of his country. Beautifully written, it manages to be both heartbreakingly sad and hilariously funny.