Pearce, Phillipa

Author of Tom’s Midnight Garden, Ann Philippa Pearce was a beloved writer of children’s fiction. She was also an editor, nurturing the careers of many other writers. Writing a great many children’s books following a career in the BBC writing scripts for broadcasting, she was awarded an OBE in 1997 for contribution to children’s literature.

Press, John

John Press was not only a great poet but an advocate for the arts, campaigning tirelessly for the creation of a Department of Literature within the British Council to celebrate the long history of British proficiency in writing. He was also an editor for a number of anthologies, striving to do justice to the English […]

Painter, George

George Painter, known as George D. Painter, was an English author most famous as a biographer of Marcel Proust. His two-volume biography of Proust was published in 1959 and 1965. According to Miron Grindea, this was, ‘rightly greeted as one of the great achievements in literary history’, and it is still widely considered to be one […]

Pattullo, Polly

Polly Pattullo was a journalist, author and editor before becoming the co-founder of Papillote Press, which specialises in books about the Caribbean. As a journalist she worked on the Observer, the Guardian and the monthly newsletter Caribbean Insight, which prompted the writing of books about the Caribbean, including Last Resorts: the Cost of tourism in […]

Petrie, Ruthie

Ruthie Petrie began her publishing career in children’s books at William Collins and Penguin. She joined the Spare Rib collective (1978-82) and went on to Virago Press (1982-94), becoming an Editorial Director in 1987.  She spent many years as the Managing Editor at Serpent’s Tail; as Literature Officer at Canada House, she promoted Canadian writers […]

Prosser, Simon


Simon Prosser is Publisher of Hamish Hamilton and a publishing director of Penguin Books. Authors he has published there include Bernardine Evaristo, Ali Smith, W.G. Sebald, Robert Macfarlane, Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Deborah Levy, Marlon James, Pat Barker, Mohsin Hamid and Ta-Nehisi Coates. He co-founded the Port Eliot Festival and the literary magazine Five […]

Pomerantsev, Peter

Peter Pomerantsev is a Ukrainian born, England raised non-fiction author.  His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible won the RSL Ondaatje Prize. His second, This is Not Propaganda, the Gordon Burn Prize. He also researches disinformation and what to do about it at Johns Hopkins and presents radio programmes on the BBC.

Porter, Max

Max Porter is a former bookseller and editor. His first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. His second book, Lanny, was […]