Meet the Team

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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

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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Katherine Cowdrey

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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Caroline Carpenter

In my role, I generate ideas for new content and commission, edit and write features both in print and online. I work with the features, production and commercial teams on a series of special projects, including The Bookseller’s Regional Focuses and collaborative content, and cover the independent bookselling and publishing sectors in the magazine. I also chair and run all of the social media activity for the YA Book Prize. Before working at The Bookseller, I studied English and Creative Writing, 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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Kiera O'Brien

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

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

Client Development Manager

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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Kirstine Bowen

I'm the Senior Marketing Manager here at The Bookseller, and my role involves improving the subscriber experience and promoting our subscription packages to those who work in the book trade or are looking to find out more about the industry. 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 in 2017, and I am now thrilled to be able to promote a company at the heart of the book trade. When I’m not reading fiction, I love travelling to new places and eating pasta!

Favourite Books: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary and Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Phoebe Wyatt

Since joining the Bookseller in 2018 I’ve worked across the advertising, finance, marketing and events teams. At the moment my time is divided between subscriptions marketing and the commercial team.

Favourite Books: Picking a favourite book is a bit like picking a favourite child but one that I keep coming back to is The Expedition by Bea Uusma.

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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, online content and e-editions etc). Likes tea (especially with biscuits) and Arsenal FC.

Favourite Books: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (better than One Hundred Years of Solitude, but nowhere near as celebrated or recognised).

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Danny Arter

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


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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