Daniel Bird | Granta

Daniel Bird

Assistant Editor

I joined Granta in July 2019. Initially working as part of Granta’s campaigns team, I moved into the editorial department in 2021. My role as Assistant Editor is varied – I look after the Granta Editions series, assist on edits, and respond to submissions, as well as supporting the publishing director and editorial team more broadly. Prior to joining Granta, I worked at Waterstones, as both a bookseller and events coordinator. Alongside this, I completed an MA in Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary University of London.

My favourite book in translation: The Vegetarian by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith). It is violent, hypnotic and exquisitely crafted – an exploration of both desire and misogyny that spirals into a profound meditation on species and the metamorphosis of ‘the human’ into new forms.

The books I always recommend: Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season, Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Richard McGuire’s Here and Jay Bernard’s Surge, to name a few.