Murdoch Books has appointed Céline Hughes to the newly created role of UK publisher.
She joins Murdoch, a division in Australian independent book publisher Allen & Unwin, from Quadrille where she has been commissioning illustrated non-fiction since 2013, including Just a French Guy Cooking, Baking with Kim Joy and Byron: The Cookbook as well as Guild of Food Writers award winners Copenhagen Food and The Giffords Circus Cookbook.
Hughes will start her new role on 22nd November and will work in the London office. She will be commissioning lifestyle books that will strengthen Murdoch’s presence across the UK and international markets and will report to Allen & Unwin c.e.o. Robert Gorman.
Gorman said: “Murdoch Books has brought gorgeous, cutting-edge food and lifestyle books to the world for 29 years from our home in Sydney, Australia. Now, we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition from our London office. We are delighted to appoint Céline as our first UK publisher. Her judgement, deep experience and publishing smarts will ensure Murdoch Books remains at the forefront of illustrated and lifestyle publishing.”
Hughes added: “I’ve spent an exceptionally rewarding eight years at Quadrille. Now, I couldn’t be more excited to launch Murdoch’s UK publishing with a new raft of voices and stories, told beautifully and authoritatively. I hope to make readers live better, feel fulfilled, and smile, and I can’t wait to meet the future authors who are going to make that happen."