Hamish Hamilton has taken on its first new editor for a decade through the promotion of Hermione Thompson.
Thompson was promoted on 1st March from assistant editor at the Penguin Random House imprint headed up by Simon Prosser, with Hannah Chukwu joining as editorial assistant.
"The first new editor for over a decade, Hermione has shown great commissioning acumen in her early acquisitions for the list: the Man Booker-longlisted Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure, the pre-publication international rights success Supper Club by Lara Williams, UK edition published July 2019, and Marilou is Everywhere by American poet Sarah Elaine Smith, coming Spring 2020," the publisher said.
"Hermione joined Hamish Hamilton in 2015, and has an indispensable collaborator with Hamish Hamilton publisher Simon Prosser on projects such as Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s The Lost Words, Ali Smith’s ongoing Seasonal quartet, and the relaunch of the J D Salinger backlist."
Thompson will continue to work alongside Simon as a co-editor for many on-going Hamish Hamilton authors, while also taking primary responsibility for some, and maintaining her responsibility for the backlist. And she will continue building her own list, "looking for the next generation of essential voices to join Hamish Hamilton".
Meanwhile Chukwu has been on a placement in Hamish Hamilton for the past six months as part of ‘The Scheme’, Penguin Random House’s editorial traineeship programme "and has made a big impact in that time," the publisher said.
The new team now aims to "harness their current momentum, to consolidate their sales, their reach and reputation, while publishing only the most excellent literary writing, from across a diverse and eclectic range of authors". Writers published by the imprint also include Zadie Smith ,Arundhati Roy, Deborah Levy, Alain de Botton, Yiyun Li and Jonathan Safran Foer.
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