Weidenfeld editor-in-chief to retire

Weidenfeld editor-in-chief to retire

Michael Dover, Weidenfeld & Nicolson editor-in-chief non-fiction, is to retire at the end of June this year, with several promotions effective from 1st March also marking a time of change for the company.

Dover has been a member of the senior team at W&N for almost 30 years, joining from Penguin Books in 1983 as publisher of the Art & Illustrated list.

He commented: "I've always said that I will retire at 63. I'm not severing my links with the trade, I will be a ghost writer, I hope, if someone will have me." Dover will continue to edit both Michael Palin and Thomas Pakenham's books for Orion.

Of Palin, whom he has worked with for 12 years, Dover said: "He has one [book] coming next year which will be an exciting one, and the next volume of his diaries will be coming out the year after that." He added that historian and arborist Pakenham also has another title "in gestation".

Dover added: "I think you have to reinvent yourself in this life and I think it's time to do that."

In a crop of promotions within the non-fiction department effective from 1st March, Rowland White has been appointed non-fiction publishing director, reporting to Lisa Milton, trade managing director. Amanda Harris will become deputy publishing director, with Jane Sturrock promoted to commissioning editor. Ian Preece continues as senior commissioning editor, with all three reporting to White.

Senior editor Debbie Woska will return from maternity leave in February and will report to Amanda Harris. Nicki Crossley will become editorial assistant.

Editorial director Lucinda McNeile will continue to report to W&N publisher Alan Samson, while Bea Hemming steps up to commissioning editor and Martha Ashby is promoted to assistant editor.