Welcome to the 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, Deborah Orr, Amy Liptrot, Caitlin Doughty, Henry Marsh, Mark Kermode, Olivia Laing, Philippe Sands, Simon Garfield and many others.
Lee Brackstone, Publisher (White Rabbit)
Lee is Publisher at White Rabbit and commissioning editor for W&N, where he is acquiring literary fiction. White Rabbit is a new imprint dedicated to innovative music writing: memoirs, history, lyrics, fiction, illustrated, contemporary polemics, launching in April 2020. Lee was responsible for the music list at Faber (Faber Social) and also acquired some of their prize-winning authors. His authors at Faber included Teju Cole, Sarah Hall, Edna O’Brien, Beastie Boys, Simon Reynolds, Kate Bush and Scott Walker.
Federico Andornino, Publishing Director:
Fede is Publishing Director at Weidenfeld and Nicolson, acquiring literary fiction with an edge, sharp and original suspense and crossover, LGBTQ+ literature, graphic novels and fiction in translation. His tastes are varied – a list of favourites include Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Brit Bennett, Liane Moriarty and recent books like Dancer from the Dance and Why Visit America – but he tends to lean toward the accessible end of the spectrum: literary writing with mass appeal. Recent acquisitions and publications for W&N include: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason; Moth by Melody Razak; Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson; The Weekend by Charlotte Wood; Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers; Betty by Tiffany McDaniel; and new novels by international authors Paolo Giordano, Bernhard Schlink, Marco Missiroli, Franck Bouysse and Sandro Veronesi. Fede also looks after some of W&N’s most successful core authors including Alice Walker, Gillian Flynn, Julian Fellowes, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Alan Furst.
Lettice Franklin, Publishing Director
Lettice is an Editorial Director 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.
Ed Lake, Publishing Director
Ed Lake is a publishing director for non-fiction, joining W&N in Feb 2022. He likes science, history, politics, economics and philosophy – big ideas that explain the world or promise to change it. Where the books he publishes have a narrative component it often involves some sort of crime. At Profile Books he published Shoshana Zuboff, Oliver Bullough, Matthew Cobb, David Harvey and Saidiya Hartman.
Maddy Price, Editorial Director
Maddy joined W&N in September 2019 as Editorial Director for non-fiction. She has previously worked at Hodder & Stoughton and Transworld Publishers, also in non-fiction. History is her number-one love and her authors have included the bestselling historians Lucy Worsley and Tracy Borman. She enjoys all types of history and time-periods, but her favourite historical figure is Thomas Cromwell. As well as history she commissions memoir, popular science, nature writing, big ideas and upmarket gift books. She loves any intelligent non-fiction that inspires and entertains.
Ellie Freedman, Assistant Editor
Ellie is W&N’s assistant editor. She enjoys character-driven literary fiction that can be challenging in either form or subject, but still manages to make us feel deeply. She is also very interested in global stories and writing. Favourite writers include Gwendoline Riley, Ocean Vuong, Sam Buyers, Leila Slimani, Kazuo Ishiguro, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. On the non-fiction side, she is drawn to memoir and narrative non-fiction and loves writers such as Philippe Sands, Olivia Laing, Maggie Nelson, Annie Ernaux and Hanif Abdurraqib.