Meet the Team

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Nigel Roby

Publisher and chief executive

I'm the owner of The Bookseller, FutureBook and We Love This Book. I have been running magazines, websites and events for longer than I care to remember. But owning and running The Bookseller? Now that's way beyond my perfect job.

Favourite Books: At the Loch of the Green Corrie by Andrew Greig

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Philip Jones

Editor

I am editor of The Bookseller, and co-founder of FutureBook.net. I joined The Bookseller in 1996 under its then editor Louis Baum, and also worked for the magazine under two previous editors, Nick Clee and Neill Denny. I live in north London with my partner, and three children – Henry, Robin and Elijah.

Favourite Books: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Benedicte Page

Deputy editor

I edit The Bookseller's news content across print and online, and deputise for editor Philip Jones

Favourite Books: A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

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Tom Tivnan

Features and insight editor

I lead the team that deals with our in-depth coverage, company profiles, charts and data analysis and special issues, such as our London, Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fair Daily editions. I began my book trade career at Barnes & Noble in the US and worked at Blackwell's and BookSpeed in the UK, before joining The Bookseller in 2007.

Favourite Books: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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Lisa Campbell

News editor

I moved from the Yorkshire hills to the bustle of London as part of the BBC Journalism Talent Pool before finding my home at The Bookseller magazine uniting my two passions: books and journalism. I compile, research, write and edit stories for The Bookseller in print and online, specialising in retail, and edit the magazine's Bricks and Mortar pages. I love food, football, the countryside, I'm interested in politics and addicted to news.

Favourite Books: Too many to choose from but my latest addictive read was The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

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Sarah Shaffi

Online editor and producer

I’ve spent most of my career in local news, covering the weird and wonderful and sometimes dark things that you think can only be found between the covers of books. I’ve always been a reader (I was that child with my head stuck in a book at the dinner table) so it’s only fitting that I’ve combined my love of news and books to be a part of the team at The Bookseller.

Favourite Books: At the moment, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

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Charlotte Eyre

Children's editor

I cover the children's book market for The Bookseller magazine and online, encompassing picture books up to YA and crossover, print books or digital strategies, fan fiction or licensing deals. I also help Alice, our conference and community manager, put together our Children's Conference and am working on the YA Book Prize.

Favourite Books: Matilda by Roald Dahl. A feisty, clever heroine and books. What's not to love?

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Natasha Onwuemezi

Reporter

I'm a reporter covering independent publishers and libraries. It's great to champion the little guys, and there's so much interesting and innovative stuff going on in both sectors. Loving life.

Favourite Books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Katherine Cowdrey

News reporter

I write and report news for The Bookseller. I love all forms of publishing, be it books, magazines or Buzzfeed; and joined following a seven-year career in the trade, commissioning books and resources for educational and professional markets.

Favourite Books: Most recently, John Fowles’ The Magus. Of all time, probably Enid Blyton’s The Valley of Adventure for the love of reading it inspired.

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Heloise Wood

I started off my journalism career at a lively local newspaper before working on the arts section of the Independent on Sunday. It has been a long-held ambition to work at The Bookseller so I'm delighted to finally be here.

Favourite Books: Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole makes my heart sing with his precociousness and terrible poetry and I'm also a huge fan of Agatha Christie.

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Caroline Carpenter

Web editor

In my role, I carry out a variety of tasks across the company including posting on our website, sending out newsletters and posting on our social media sites. I also run all of the social media activity for the YA Book Prize. Before coming to The Bookseller, I studied English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. I am a big fan of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, as well as YA and children's books in general.

Favourite Books: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kiera O'Brien

Charts and Data Analyst

I write about the bestseller charts and analyse different sections of the market for the magazine and online. Also, I write children's books and my debut Millie Versus The Machines is out in August 2015.

Favourite Books: The Secret History by Donna Tartt, tied with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Alice O'Keeffe

Books editor

In a nutshell, I read books for a living. I interview authors for The Bookseller's weekly Author Profile slot and write the monthly New Titles: Fiction round-up, an overview of all hardback, trade paperback and paperback original titles across all fiction genres. It involves a lot of reading; I used to average three books a week but having two young children has put paid to that...although I do spend a lot of time reading to them.

Favourite Books: Very difficult to choose as I find a new favourite every month, but a novel I've loved for years is The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

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Caroline Sanderson

Associate Editor

I compile the monthly New Titles: Non Fiction and occasionally other category previews. I also interview writers for the magazine. Outside of my Bookseller role, I am the editor of ALCS News, the monthly magazine of the Authors Licensing & Collecting Society; a regular chair of events for bookshops and at literary festivals; and the author of five published non-fiction books of my own!

Favourite Books: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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Grace Harrison

I’m head of events at The Bookseller, responsible for our brilliant live events portfolio (British Book Awards, FutureBook, Marketing & Publicity and Children’s conferences and YA Book Prize). I’ve always loved books and magazines so this really is a dream job for me!

Favourite Books: You’re An Animal, Viskovitz! by Alessandro Boffa or The Outsider by Albert Camus

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Hilary Bell

After living in Edinburgh for six years, studying and working in the trade there, I'm thrilled to be working at The Bookseller in supporting the events and advertising teams. I love cycling, books and seeing new countries. Outside of The Bookseller, I'm the editor of the book No Filter, an essay anthology about millennials, and I write book reviews for The Fountain.

Favourite Books: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Emma Lowe

Head of Publisher Relations

After inadvertently wandering into the publishing industry straight out of university, I found myself hooked and spent the next 13 years working 3 days a year at The London Book Fair. Because that’s all it takes, right?! Following that, I actually learnt how to create books, rather than just producing the events to showcase them at, with the self-publishing consultancy Authoright. Next stop, The Bookseller, and counting myself fortunate to still be part of the publishing crowd. Favourite book – The Handmaid’s Tale. Because I hated it the first time I read it. And then I read it again, and changed my mind. And then I read it again. And loved it. That’s what books are for…

Favourite Books: The Handmaid’s Tale. Because I hated it the first time I read it. And then I read it again, and changed my mind. And then I read it again. And loved it. That’s what books are for…

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Anna Martin

Operations manager

I’m head of subscriptions and data at The Bookseller. My main responsibility is getting customers to subscribe so that they can read the print/digital magazine and access all the exclusive subscriber-only web content. My background is in B2B magazine/website publishing; every sector from accountancy to design to engineering. It’s a treat to be working for a company that lives and breathes books. Reading-wise I like to alternate classic, new, classic, new.

Favourite Books: Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

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Kirstine Bowen

I’m a languages graduate who has always had a passion for books. I gained a few years of marketing experience in the English language teaching industry before joining The Bookseller, and I am now thrilled to be able to support the events and advertising teams in promoting a company at the heart of the book trade. When I’m not reading fiction, I love to go salsa dancing, travel to new places and eat pasta!

Favourite Books: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres and Sophia's Secret by Susanna Kearsley

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Gerard O'hare

Head of client development

I manage corporate subscriptions along with the Buyer’s Guides, offer advertising opportunities in print and online, plus help to promote the business at various Bookseller industry events. I sing, play the Guitar and Bodhran.

Favourite Books: Tough choice, but The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe is a cracker!!

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Emma Hare

I’m an English Literature graduate whose first love was (and always will be) books. I’ve long followed the publishing industry and am delighted to be an account manager here at The Bookseller, working with publishers and those connected with them to stand out in our print magazine and online. I also love cats, film, the South of France and running.

Favourite Books: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

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Lara Pace

Account development manager

I look after the careers and jobs pages across print, online and social media here at The Bookseller. I love cookery books, cake, travel and running.

Favourite Books: Bee Wilson’s First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

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Mark Guest

Head of central production

I'm responsible for The Bookseller's publishing output (the weekly magazine, the Book Fair Daily issues, the e-editions etc). Likes tea, biscuits and Arsenal FC.

Favourite Books: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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Danny Arter

Creative editor

I have worked for The Bookseller since graduating from Warwick University with a degree in English and American Literature back in 2010.

Favourite Books: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer

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Molly Flatt

Associate editor

Molly Flatt is Associate Editor of FutureBook, Associate Editor at The Memo and Digital Editor at PHOENIX Magazine. She is a journalist and consultant who specialises in the impact of technology on publishing, culture and identity. You can find her on Twitter @mollyflatt.

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Francesca Pymm

I’m the office manager for The Bookseller and it’s my job to keep the office running smoothly and (most importantly) well supplied with tea and coffee. I moved from Nottingham to the hustle and bustle of London life as it’s always been a dream to essentially read books for a living.

Favourite Books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz