Picador Editor Guide 2018

03 April 2018

Paul Baggaley

Publisher

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

I am passionate about voice-led writing. I am therefore ever fortunate to be responsible for many of Picador’s established giants of fiction and non-fiction, including novelists Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, Alan Hollinghurst, Emma Donoghue and Alice Sebold, non-fiction writers Jon Ronson, Clive James and Mark Kermode and poets Carol Ann Duffy and John Cooper Clarke. I am proud to have brought new and young prize-winning and critically acclaimed novelists to Picador including Richard House, Belinda McKeon and Hannah Kent, and exciting non-fiction voices including Howard Cunnell, Olivia Laing and SinĂ©ad Gleeson.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I am looking to bring the finest contemporary English-language writing to the Picador list. I am also passionate about bringing new writers to Picador and publishing them with flair, creativity and originality. I’d like to develop Picador’s regional writing from all parts of the UK and also and especially from Ireland. I love a publishing challenge so I am keen to see prose that is original, inventive, literary, possibly experimental, alongside unusual and ambitious projects that might require amazing production and innovative publishing.

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Ravi Mirchandani

Associate Publisher

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

I tend to be most attracted to books that both explore ideas and tell stories: the novel of ideas, fiction that explores the moral dilemmas of its characters, the non-fiction book that combines narrative with new ways of looking at the world. My past and present authors have included Nathan Hill, Hanya Yanagihara, Cheryl Strayed, Aravind Adiga, Michel Houellebecq, Tony Judt and Steven Pinker.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

New voices certainly, but new viewpoints even more so. Writing that explores otherness or that ‘looks at the world and makes it strange’. In recent writing, I have had that experience from reading Sapiens, The Silk Roads, All That Man Is and The North Water.

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Kris Doyle

Senior Commissioning Editor

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

I enjoy books that challenge the head and the heart equally; books that combine fine writing with contemporary relevance; books that make you see yourself and the world afresh. The Picador authors under my care include Jon Ronson, Edward Docx, Graham Robb, Kate Clanchy, Garth Greenwell, Danya Kukafka and Ben Judah.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I’m looking for literary fiction and narrative non-fiction, primarily written in English, with an assured style and something new to say. I would especially like to find British regional stories, female authors and outstanding writing with international scope.

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Sophie Jonathan

Senior Commissioning Editor

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

I love fiction that combines a perfectly handled plot, vivid characters and beautiful – even lyrical – writing. Across fiction and non-fiction I am drawn to books that are thoughtful, moving, and take readers to distant places in time and different point of view. Away from the Picador list, some of my favourite novelists are Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver and Ali Smith, and recently I’ve enjoyed The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and The Power. At Picador I’m lucky enough to publish Hannah Kent, Tim Winton, Jim Crace, Emily St. John Mandel, and Megan Hunter.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

In fiction I am looking for superb writing and exciting stories that promise an emotional connection. I love a novel you can really get your teeth into – the sort of book you finish feeling as though the characters are intimate friends. I also look for voice-driven non-fiction: unique personal narratives that combine memoir with a glimpse into a new space. I’d love to find more British talent, and am particularly fond of books that write a place beautifully. I have a soft spot for novels about art!

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Ansa Khan Khattak

Editor

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

I love works of fiction and non-fiction that leave you thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading; books that are experimental in voice or structure – which are brilliant constructions, but still have a narrative thread that it’s a pleasure to follow. I enjoy books that don’t shy away from delving into people’s minds and motivations, from laying their psychological make-up bare.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I’m keen to find new fiction which is bold and remarkable, novel either in the way that it’s written, or what it has to say about the world that we live in. I would like to find non-fiction that has a strong narrative voice and manages to convey something meaningful, important – or simply extremely entertaining – to the reader.

I would in particular love to bring more voices in translation to Picador – both fiction and narrative non-fiction – as I’m committed to building our list of foreign authors, to bring fresh voices or perspectives to an audience who might otherwise miss out on them.

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Kishani Widyaratna

Assistant Editor

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

I love writers that seek to challenge the status quo, that have something bold to say about the world we live in or the world we might build if we had the chance. In fiction my taste skews towards the literary, the emotionally complex and work that disrupts the canon. I am passionate about nurturing new talent and act as a Contributing Editor for The White Review. Some authors I’ve been lucky to work with at Picador include Jamie Quatro, Alan Hollinghurst, Adam Kay, Olivia Laing, Denise Riley and Jackie Kay.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I am looking to champion underrepresented voices in literary fiction, contemporary poetry and all stripes of non-fiction. I’m particularly interested in race, gender, feminism and class, and books that both challenge us and evolve our empathy. I will always want to hear from women. Recent books I wish I had worked on include: Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race, The Water Cure, First Love, Between The World and Me, Sing, Unburied, Sing and Pond; in poetry they include: Citizen, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Who Is Mary Sue? and Fourth Person Singular.

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