Welcome to the new W&N website! Our passion for extraordinary writing dates back to our two founders, Lord Weidenfeld and Nigel Nicolson, who were responsible for introducing some of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable voices – Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin, Eric Hobsbawm, and Nicolson’s own parents Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West – to a wide readership. They launched their publishing house in 1949 with the idea of building bridges and opening minds through exceptional works of literature: we have been carrying on their legacy ever since. Here, we introduce the editors behind W&N today.
Jenny Lord, Publisher
Jenny is W&N’s publisher. She publishes in a wide range of categories, from memoir to popular science, history to narrative non-fiction, and can get excited about any subject for which the author has an infectious passion and an authentic story to tell. Before joining W&N in 2016, Jenny worked at both Canongate and Penguin and counts among the authors she has edited Adam Rutherford, Amy Liptrot, Caitlin Doughty, Henry Marsh, Mark Kermode, Olivia Laing, Philippe Sands, Simon Garfield and many others.
Alan Samson, Chairman and Publisher (Non-Fiction)
Alan joined W&N in 2003 after 11 years working for Little, Brown. He enjoys publishing history, politics, biography, A-list celebrities and sport. Alan’s list of authors includes Antonia Fraser, Antony Beevor, Bettany Hughes, Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Sean Connery, AA Gill, John McEnroe and Keith Richards. He has also published books by David Hockney, R.D.Laing, Spike Milligan, Mitch Albom (TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE), Malcolm Gladwell (THE TIPPING POINT) and Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle (THE SECOND HALF).
Paul Murphy, Editorial Director
Paul’s main areas of interest are sport, popular science, current affairs, natural history, popular culture and memoir, especially when it provides otherwise hidden insights into people’s work and lives. He has published prize-winners and bestsellers, and some of the authors he has worked with include Guillem Balagué, John Sutherland, Nicholas Crane, John Lewis-Stempel, Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart, John Higgs, and Jonathan Wilson. He would love to find the next Yuval Noah Harari or Michael Lewis.
Federico Andornino, Commissioning Editor
Fede is a Commissioning Editor acquiring debut novels with an edge, sharp and original suspense, and fiction in translation. More broadly, He is an Italian expat living in London on an endless quest for the perfect espresso. In his publishing career he has worked on many different projects – from Queen of Up-lit Ruth Hogan to Riad Sattouf’s award winning graphic memoirs – but the one thing he is consistently looking for is a good story, the unputdownable, I-have-to-finish-reading-this-now kind. His favourite authors include Kate Atkinson, Elena Varvello and JK Rowling.
Lettice Franklin, Commissioning Editor
Lettice is a Commissioning Editor looking for books that are intelligent, ambitious and immensely enjoyable. She has a fondness for books with a sense of humour (whether dark or light) but more than anything else, is drawn to exceptional writing, and would like her list to be defined by that. At W&N, and 4th Estate before that, Lettice has worked with authors including Paraic O’Donnell, Hermione Hoby, Anna Freeman, Joan Didion, Katherine Heiny, Lena Dunham, Claire Lowdon, Rivka Galchen, Anjali Joseph, Craig Brown and Judith Claire Mitchell.
Craig Lye, Assistant Editor
Craig is an Assistant Editor at W&N. He enjoys authentic, gripping historical fiction and military fiction / non-fiction. He also edits historical fiction with the Orion imprint, working with authors including Simon Turney, JM Alvey, Christian Cameron and Ben Kane.