Atlantic promotes Drysdale to group associate publisher

Atlantic promotes Drysdale to group associate publisher

Atlantic has promoted Clare Drysdale to group associate publisher, commissioning across all four of its imprints.

Drysdale, currently editorial director of the Allen & Unwin UK imprint, will also be tasked with nurturing the Grove Press UK business. Grove is a list of around 12 titles a year—published in conjunction with Grove Atlantic in the US. Recent highlights have included Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, and The Last Stone by Mark Bowden.

She joined Allen & Unwin’s Sydney office in 2005, and moved to London in 2008, first working from home and then moving into the Atlantic offices in 2009 when Allen & Unwin made an initial investment in the company. In 2015, when Allen & Unwin’s investment grew to become a majority shareholding, she became editorial director of the list.

Her publishing highlights have included Neurotribes by Steve Silberman, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction in 2015, and Vagina: A Re-education by Lynn Enright. She will publish Sally Howard’s The Home Stretch: Why It’s Time to Come Clean About Who Does the Dishes on the Atlantic list next March.

M.d. and publisher Will Atkinson said: “Clare has done an excellent job of laying a foundation for A&U here in the UK. I am delighted that in her new role, we can make more use of her extensive range of publishing skills, commissioning talent, and outstanding author care.”

Drysdale will remain in post until a new publishing director at Allen & Unwin UK is appointed.