Jonathan Cape Children's to revive fiction publishing

Jonathan Cape Children's Books is to revive its fiction publishing, in a list led by RHCP fiction publisher Annie Eaton.

Jonathan Cape has been publishing new picture books, including illustrators Louise Yates, Nadia Shireen and Rebecca Patterson, and has distinguished backlist authors including Quentin Blake, Joan Aiken and Roald Dahl. However it has not been actively publishing new children's fiction authors.

Eaton promised she would now be looking for "some very special future children's classics to join the distinguished and well-loved names on the Jonathan Cape Children's Books list".

Philippa Dickinson, RHCP m.d., said: "Annie has an enviable track record for publishing established literary greats as well as debut fiction. She has a knack for seeking out new names, and nurturing them to become commercial and award winning successes, as can be seen with Wonder by R J Palacio and Itch by Simon Mayo. I am very pleased that her role will now involve curating a new strand for Jonathan Cape Children's Books."

Fiona Macmillan and Sue Buswell will continue to publish picture books for the imprint.