Garnons-Williams moves to 4th Estate

Garnons-Williams moves to 4th Estate

HarperCollins has appointed Helen Garnons-Williams as publishing director of 4th Estate, moving from her role as publishing director at Bloomsbury.

Meanwhile, at Bloomsbury, Alexa von Hirschberg has been promoted from commissioning editor to senior fiction editor.

Garnons-Williams has worked at Bloomsbury since 2007, having previously worked at Hodder & Stoughton and Weidenfeld & Nicolson. At Bloomsbury, her authors have included Stephen Kelman, Jon McGrgeor, Suzy Joinson and Stephen May. She will begin at 4th Estate in September, reporting directly to executive publisher David Roth-Ey.

Her appointment follows the departure in December of Clare Reihill, who left her role as editorial director of 4th Estate to work full time at the T S Eliot estate.

Garnons-Williams said: "I have loved working alongside the many talented people at Bloomsbury – and it has been a privilege to get to know, and to be able to champion, so many wonderful authors in my eight years there. But I have long admired 4th Estate for their dazzling fiction and non-fiction, their commitment to exceptional writing and the flair with which they publish."

Roth-Ey said: “Helen’s exquisite taste in literary fiction and book club classics perfectly complements everything we are working to achieve at 4th Estate."

Meanwhile at Bloomsbury, Alexa von Hirschberg moves to senior fiction editor with immediate effect. Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle said: "Alexa is one of the most talented young editors I have worked with.  Her list of authors already includes such exciting talent as Kate Tempest, PJ Harvey, Samantha Shannon, Katharine Norbury and Melissa Harrison and we look forward to watching Alexa fly in her new role where she will acquire for the fiction list, while also commissioning some non-fiction titles."

Earlier this month, it was announced that Bloomsbury's senior commissioning editor Bill Swainson would be leaving the publisher as part of a cost-cutting restructure. Bloomsbury grew profit and turnover in 2014, but showed a decline in its adult trade division.