Smith departs Allison & Busby for Zaffre role

Smith departs Allison & Busby for Zaffre role

Kelly Smith is joining Bonnier Books UK imprint Zaffre to be its new senior editor, specialising in crime and thriller, after six years at Allison & Busby.

Smith spent the past six years at Allison & Busby, publishing Edward Marston, author of the Railway Detective series, as well as New York Times-bestselling authors Laurie R King and Jacqueline Winspear. She championed Kwei Quartey, whose book The Missing American has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Novel’ Edgar Award 2021.

In her new role, Smith will be looking for "new and currently unheard crime voices that offer unique perspectives", as well as "innovative thrillers, perfect escapist reads, and new crime trends".

Authors on the Zaffre imprint already include Lynda La Plante, Wilbur Smith, T M Logan, Rory Clements, Chris Whitaker, Stuart Neville, S J Bennett and James Swallow.

Smith joins on 22nd February, and will report into Zaffre publishing director Ben Willis.

Willis said: "I’m delighted to welcome Kelly to the Zaffre crime and thriller team. She brings a huge amount of knowledge of the crime genre, a smart, forward-thinking approach to publishing, and a keen eye for spotting talent and trends. Kelly will make a fantastic addition to the team, and I look forward to welcoming her later this month."

Smith said: "While it is with a heavy heart that I leave behind a wonderful list of authors and my lovely colleagues at Allison & Busby, I am absolutely delighted to begin a new chapter of my career with the fantastic Zaffre team at Bonnier Books UK. Ben and I share a vision for the future of the list and I look forward to developing original ideas, as well as discovering new talent."