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, 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).
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, Editorial Director
Fede is an Editorial Director 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, Editorial 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.
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, Editorial Assistant
Ellie is W&N’s editorial assistant. She enjoys fiction with nuanced and complex characters and non-fiction that promises something a bit different. Current favourite authors are Philippe Sands, Zadie Smith, Kamila Shamsie, Viv Albertine and Jeffrey Eugenides.