Editorial Director, Granta Books
It’s my job to help find, acquire, edit and shepherd eight or so of the books we publish each year. I love the intensity of the acquisitions process, the rigour of an edit and the buzz of watching a book you’ve laboured over find critics, readers, prizes and (hopefully) posterity. It’s a job without boundaries, but it’s also an enormous privilege, and over the years I have had the pleasure of bringing a diversity of writers to the list including Gwendoline Riley, Margo Jefferson, Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, Mariana Enriquez and Sandra Newman. I also teach creative writing.
The book I always recommend: The Last Samurai by Helen deWitt. It’s about a young woman working in publishing who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a terrible travel writer, and decides to raise the baby on the films of Akira Kurosawa. It’s also about parenthood, poverty and the ways in which a piece of art might save your life. I recommend it so often I now collect spare copies to give to new friends.