Allen leaves Kyle Books for Pavilion

Allen leaves Kyle Books for Pavilion

Sophie Allen is leaving Octopus imprint Kyle Books after 16 years to join Pavilion as commissioning editor.

Starting her role on 9th December, Allen will join an expanded editorial team including commissioning editor Lucy Smith, editors Bella Cockrell and Cara Armstrong - who also recently joined from Octopus - and Izzy Holton, who is stepping up to the role of assistant editor.

Allen first joined Kyle in 2003 and has worked across a range of non-fiction publishing including cookery, gardening, craft and wellness. She has worked with authors and brands including John Whaite, Alys Fowler, Jude’s ice cream and Green & Black’s. 

She said: “I am really looking forward to joining the Pavilion team and helping to nurture their brilliant range of authors as well as bringing in new authors to expand Pavilion’s collection of both beautiful and practical books.”

Publisher Helen Lewis added: “I am delighted to welcome Sophie to our team. I look forward to working with her over the coming years as she joins us in maintaining and extending Pavilion’s reputation for innovative and high-quality lifestyle publishing.”

Allen can be reached at from next week.