Mike Harpley is to leave Oneworld to take up a newly created role at Atlantic as editorial director for non-fiction. He will report to publishing director Margaret Stead, starting in the post on 1st September.
Atlantic m.d. and publisher Will Atkinson called it a "historic moment" for the publishing house. "We are renowned for publishing non-fiction of the highest quality. Mike has a superior track record in commissioning major writers on big topics and in spotting the less obvious projects and making successes out of these. The fit could not be more perfect,” he said.
Harpley was at Oneworld for 10 years, where his titles included The Blunders of our Governments, Breadline Britain and Travels with Epicurus. However he said "the opportunity to shape the non-fiction list at such an illustrious publisher was too good to pass up", adding: "Atlantic are in an exciting new phase right now. With the financial muscle of Allen and Unwin and an ambitious vision for the company, they are well placed to become a defining force in quality British publishing."