Charlotte Atyeo to leave Bloomsbury

Charlotte Atyeo to leave Bloomsbury

Charlotte Atyeo, publisher of sports narratives and Wisden at Bloomsbury, will be leaving the company on 18th May after her role was made redundant.

A spokespeson for the publisher said the decision had been made to save costs.

"With the need to make necessary cost savings, and with sales, marketing and publicity resources stretched across Sport, Nautical, Conway, Green Leaf and Yearbooks, the decision has been taken to focus our publishing in these core areas and withdraw from sports narratives," the spokesperson said.

Atyeo has been with Bloomsbury for 10 years, and has brought both her "enthusiasm and passion for sport in all its guises" and her "distinctive publishing expertise" to the role, growing the sports narrative list with a wide raft of titles in subjects ranging from football, cycling, athletics, cricket and golf to chess, gambling and horse racing, the publisher said.

Sports publishing at the company will continue under head of sports publishing Charlotte Croft and commissioning editor Matthew Lowing, who will continue to grow Bloomsbury's training and coaching titles, its sports illustrated list, and Green Tree - the publisher's health, fitness & wellbeing list. There will be no further redundancies, Bloomsbury said.

Janet Murphy, director of special interest publishing at Bloomsbury, added: "We will miss Charlotte's expansive sports knowledge, her passion for a wide variety of sporting activities, the professionalism she has always applied to the role, and her mischievous sense of humour. And her authors will undoubtedly miss her fierce championing of their cause."

Notable successes under Charlotte’s leadership are Faster by Michael Hutchinson, Eat and Run by Scott Jurek, The Manager by Mike Carson, The Dirtiest Race in History by Richard Moore, 56: The story of the Bradford fire by Martin Fletcher, and Rick Broadbent’s Endurance – Charlotte’s sixth consecutive shortlisting for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, Bloomsbury said.

Atyeo said: "In my ten years at Bloomsbury I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with a great many wonderful authors and colleagues, and I’m hugely proud of the books I’ve published with them. It’s also been an enormous privilege to steer Wisden through the most dynamic period in its 154-year history and to leave it in such robust health.

"After eighteen years in publishing I’m as fired up as ever about getting great books into as many readers’ hands as possible, and I can’t wait to take that energy and enthusiasm into the next exciting phase of my career."

Atyeo's last day at Bloomsbury will be Thursday 18th May, after which she can be contacted on charlotte_atyeo@hotmail.com.