Swainson to depart Bloomsbury

Swainson to depart Bloomsbury

Senior commissioning editor Bill Swainson is to leave Bloomsbury in a cost-cutting restructure at the publishing house.

Swainson, who has been at Bloomsbury for 15 years, will depart at the end of June.

Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle said the company was having to "restructure and reduce the costs of its trade editorial department" in response to "the changing publishing environment." The announcement of Swainson's departure was made "with great sadness", she said.

"In the 15 years he has been with Bloomsbury, Bill has made an important contribution to Bloomsbury’s non-fiction list," Pringle said. "His authors include Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert, Samuel Johnson Prize winner Rajiv Chandrasekaran, historians David Kynaston and Fred Taylor and philosopher AC Grayling. Bestsellers he has brought to Bloomsbury range from Harry Patch and Richard van Emden’s The Last Fighting Tommy and US Vice President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to Katherine Swift’s The Morville Hours and Edward Lucas’s The New Cold War."

In addition, Swainson had edited a "distinguished" list of literature in translation, including Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winner Javier Cercas, ‘Richard and Judy’ selected author Delphine de Vigan and IMPAC Prize winner Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Pringle added. "He has also championed such important novelists as Booker shortlisted Magnus Mills and Irish filmmaker and writer Neil Jordan," she noted.

Pringle said Swainson's "wisdom, good humour and editorial skills" would be missed by authors and colleagues alike.