Wadeson to lead Transworld's Non-Fiction division

Wadeson to lead Transworld's Non-Fiction division

Transworld's Susanna Wadeson has been promoted to publishing director, head of non-fiction, taking over the leadership of the company’s non-fiction team.

The news comes in wake of Doug Young's departure after 17 years with the company, due to a restructure of the division.

Wadeson joined Transworld in 2003 from ITV where she had set up and run its books division. Before that, she was at Boxtree, leading its illustrated hardback division. 

At Transworld she shaped the newly formed Eden Project publishing list of "eco-aware" books, including Eden founder Tim Smit’s book on the project itself. She also brought to the list writers such as Richard Mabey, Judith Wills, Fred Pearce and John Lewis-Stempel, whose first title for the company, Meadowland, won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize.  

In 2011, Wadeson broadened her remit to include fiction and acquired The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, the first of four novels and a collection of short stories by Rachel Joyce. In the field of non-fiction, she also took over the publishing of Transworld non-fiction heavyweights such as Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

This year, she published Sue Black’s All That Remains and Sarah Jane Blakemore’s Inventing Ourselves, with In Your Defence by Sarah Langford, Hello World by Hannah Fry and Our Planet, the tie-in to Netflix’s TV series narrated by David Attenborough still to come.

Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr said: "Susanna is not only a brilliant editor and a tirelessly passionate advocate, but she also brings strong strategic thinking to everything she does. She has a wealth of experience and insight and I am thrilled that she will be taking up this new job."