Meet the Team

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Nigel Roby

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


I am editor of The Bookseller, and co-founder of 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 have broad oversight of news content, handle our academic and international coverage, and deputise for editor Philip Jones

Favourite Books: A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

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Tom Tivnan

Managing 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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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 programme our Children's Conference.

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

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Natasha Onwuemezi

Features writer

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 Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

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Katherine Cowdrey

Senior 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 creating digital content, web production duties, sending out e-newsletters and posting on our social media channels. I also chair and 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 university, interned at publishing houses, worked for a newspaper and wrote a book. I am always reading and I have a particular love for YA and children's literature.

Favourite Books: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (and the Harry Potter series)

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Francesca Pymm

Online content editor

I've been a part of The Bookseller team since moving to London back at the beginning of 2016. I upload stories to the site, create exclusive digital content, send out newsletters and post across our social media channels. While my first love has always been books, I’m a big fan of traveling, Italian food and binge-watching Netflix.

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

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Kiera O'Brien

Charts and data editor

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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Emma Lowe

Director 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 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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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

Account Director

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 Senior 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, Russia, and running.

Favourite Books: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

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Kirstine Bowen

Audience marketing manager

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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Mark Guest

Production manager

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

Comment editor

Molly Flatt is The Bookseller's comment editor. She also writes about tech and books for the likes of the Guardian and the BBC and her debut novel, The Charmed Life of Alex Moore (described as Bridget Jones meets The Matrix) is out now. You can find her on Twitter @mollyflatt.

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