I have worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles across all genres.

Positions held:


Associate Publisher

Commissioning Editor


Publicity Director

Sales and Marketing Director (Home & Export)

Co-Editions Director

Publishing houses:


The Harvill Press

Rotovison (Swiss arm of Quarto)

Vision Paperbacks

Northumbria University Press

Nottingham University Press

Cutting Edge

Significant projects include:

  • Wild Swans ~ Jung Chang
  • The Downing Street Years ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • The Trickster ~ Muriel Gray
  • The Thief of Always ~ Clive Barker
  • Forget You Had a Daughter ~ Sandra Gregory
  • Confessions of a Showman ~ Gerry Cottle
  • Nearest Thing to Crazy ~ Elizabeth Forbes
  • The Blackheath Seance Parlour ~ Alan Williams
  • The Judas Scar ~ Amanda Jennings
  • Yellow Room ~ Shelan Rodger
  • Dear Beneficiary ~ Janet Kelly
  • Malice in Blunderland ~ Jonny Gibbings
  • The Hitchcock Murders ~ Gavin Collinson

  • I do not design jackets but happily brief designers and photographers . I am particularly proud of my association with Allessandro Massarini (Nearest Thing to Crazy and Who Are You?) and Olly (Oliver) Keen who consistently turns my vision into a jacket reality.                                                                                           .                                                                                                                                                                                                   

I count many agents, authors, publishers, bloggers, designers and associates as firm friends.

Hirundo Rustica?

  •  Hirundo rustica is the scientific name for the swallow. Swallows are small birds with dark, glossy-blue backs, red throats, pale underparts and long tail streamers. They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing. They are widespread breeding birds in the Northern Hemisphere, migrating south in winter.
  • Swallow numbers in the UK have fluctuated over the last 30 years with pronounced regional variation in trends.
    Read more at RSPB