I have worked in a number of publishing houses including Headline, Pan Macmillan and Cornerstone, where I was Art Director for 13 years, before joining Transworld in 2015. I head up the Art Department, here at Transworld, with responsibility for all jackets and covers across all of its imprints. I love all aspects of working in the Art department but my first love is designing and there’s still nothing better than reading a new manuscript, whether a debut or an established author, and developing what will become its visual identity.
I do still get a buzz from seeing my covers in bookshops… can that ever not be a thrill?
A book that's left a deep impression on me: Even now it’s hard to move on from the cutting satire and shocking, visceral deprivation of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis… it’s grim in places but hilarious in others. The business card scene is one to enjoy, as a designer. I designed the typography for the UK HB edition and it is sold as a poster in Waterstones, which is hugely exciting. I’ve bought, and framed, the poster too many times.
A book I'd recommend to everyone: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy