I grew up surrounded by so many books I always thought everyone loved books as much as I did. From the days of bedtime stories, begging for The Tales of Pigling Bland (the longest of the Beatrix Potter books) rather than The Fierce Bad Rabbit (Dad’s choice as it was the very shortest), to discovering Michael Morpurgo, Enid Blyton and through to my first days at university with Sophie Kinsella’s The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, I realised books were in my blood.
So it was perhaps fate that I ended up in London, working at Transworld and Random House Children’s Books after a start in academic publishing. Textbooks on ecology weren’t really my thing but turning books into websites, online games and even apps as a founding member of our – wait for it – New Media Team (digital in those days was a Casio watch…!) really was. I loved every moment and couldn’t believe I had access to what felt like a lifetime of free reading.
Fast forward a decade or not-quite-two and here I am proudly at Transworld as Marketing Director, having left for a stint in the middle working for a breast cancer charity and later Headline Publishing for seven years. I am immensely proud of the incredible breadth of books and authors we publish, and the style and panache of the whole Transworld team which we put at the heart of every publication.
The book which left a deep impression on me: When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman. It was the first major campaign I led, and had no idea what was coming but loved every single second of it.
The book I’d recommend to anyone is: Aagh – too hard! In my top few ever-changing favourites are To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Transcription by Kate Atkinson, Killing Floor by Lee Child and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.