Picador reveals raft of promotions with Doyle and Jonathan made editorial directors

Picador reveals raft of promotions with Doyle and Jonathan made editorial directors

Picador’s Kris Doyle and Sophie Jonathan have both been promoted to editorial director while Ansa Khan Khattak and Kishani Widyaratna are also stepping up at the Pan Mac imprint.

Doyle and Jonathan both started as editorial assistants at Picador before moving up to editor roles. Doyle’s recent successes include books by Jon Ronson, the Secret Barrister and Garth Greenwell's debut novel What Belongs To You. Jonathan was behind Elizabeth Macneal's The Doll Factory, Megan Hunter's The End We Start From and next spring's debut adult novel from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Mercies.


Kris Doyle and Sophie Jonathan​

Meanwhile, Khan Khattak and Widyaratna have both been promoted to commissioning editor.  It follows a string of successful acquistions and publishing including the works of Lucia Berlin, Genki Kawamura's If Cats Disappeared from the World and Éric Vuillard's The Order of the Day for Khan Khattak and Julia Armfield, Safiya Sinclair and Sarah Moss for Widyaratna.

Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly, who has worked with Adam Kay, Elizabeth McNeal and A. J. Pearce while covering maternity leave, has also been appointed editor.


Ansa Khan Khattak, Kishani Widyaratna and Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly

Publisher Jeremy Trevathan said: “It's been immensely satisfying to see Picador grow and blossom in the last few years. That growth has enabled us to restructure the imprint to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances and new generations of readers. These promotions are a testament to the team that Paul Baggaley and his senior team have nurtured and developed over the last decade.”

The news follows an editorial restructure in May that saw Ravi Mirchandani made editor-in-chief, Francesca Main become associate publisher and George Morley made publishing director.