Editorial director at John Murray, Mark Richards, has been promoted to publisher.
Since joining John Murray from Fourth Estate in 2013, Richards has acquired and edited some of the UK’s most highly acclaimed new writers, including successful literary debuts The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, currently shortlisted for both the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Originally published at a small Yorkshire press that only printed 300 special edition copies, after Richards spotted the book’s potential and signed Hurley, it went on to win the Costa First Book Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year 2016.
Richards also launched JM Originals last July, a new list established as a home for fresh and distinctive new writing. The first title published, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to Someone Who Saw It, by Jessie Greengrass, was recently shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. The next three titles on the list will be published over summer 2016. Richards also recently acquired debut novel The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes, to be published in August.
John Murray Press publicist Yassine Belkacemi, who joined JMP in 2014 as publicity assistant, also recently won a PPC Best Newcomer Award for his campaign for The Loney and has been promoted to publicity manager.
M.d. for John Murray Press, Nick Davies, said: "Mark's promotion is richly deserved. In a little over two and half years, Mark has curated a thrilling list of British and Irish talent. His eye for great writing, and his passionate publishing of those authors, has put John Murray on an incredible run of short listings and major awards – from the Costas to the Nibbies to the Baileys and beyond. As a colleague and as a reader, I can't wait to see what he publishes next. I’m also delighted to be able to recognise Yassine’s talent and dedication – his enthusiasm, passion and smart campaigns continue to make a great contribution to JMP.”