Barrett made publishing director at Sphere as Rose steps up

Barrett made publishing director at Sphere as Rose steps up

Emily Barrett has been promoted to publishing director at Sphere non-fiction, while Fiona Rose steps up to become senior commissioning editor.

Barrett (pictured above), currently editorial director, joined Sphere in August 2019 as senior commissioning editor. In the two years since joining the imprint she published two Sunday Times bestsellers with Ant and Dec’s Once Upon a Tyne and Seth Rogen’s Yearbook, the Costa Biography Award-winning book The Louder I Will Sing and Parting Words by the last surviving Nuremberg Trials prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz, with 14 rights deals concluded to date. Barrett was also named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2020.

Commissioning editor Rose (pictured, right) joined the Little, Brown imprint in April 2020. She is responsible for publishing "The Great British Bake Off" and has also published Raceless by Georgina Lawton, the tie-in book to the Netflix hit show "Sex/Life" and will publish How to Survive Family Holidays by Jack Whitehall with Hilary and Michael Whitehall this autumn.

Barrett will continue to report to Cath Burke, executive publisher of Sphere and deputy m.d. of Little, Brown, with Rose reporting to Barrett.

Burke said: “Emily is an outstanding publisher and a tremendous colleague and I am delighted to see her promoted to publishing director at Sphere, leading the team with the same attention to excellence, vision and tenacity she brings to all her publications.

“Joining us in April last year, Fiona has consistently delivered impressive publications, despite having to work remotely for her entire near 18 months with Little, Brown and we are thrilled to recognise all she has delivered, and all there is to come, with this promotion. Sphere non-fiction is delivering exceptional, award-winning and bestselling titles in the UK and internationally and is an absolute focus for growth at Little, Brown under Emily’s leadership.”