The Team

Michelle Kane, PR & Publishing Director

Michelle publishes a broad range of nonfiction by writers who have a significant social media platform: personal development, cultural commentary, memoir, music, food, feminism and more.  Her list includes actor and writer Lena Dunham: writer, activist and actor Jameela Jamil, Vogue columnist Raven Smith, culture writer and speaker Otegha Uwagba, money expert Laura Whateley, rock legend Bernie Marsden, social media influencer Toni Tone and tech entrepreneur Tabitha Goldstaub.

Michelle has a background in publicity and her commissioning is informed by her knowledge of forthcoming trends in the media.

Louise Haines, Publishing Director

Louise concentrates on non-fiction publishing only but, in keeping with 4th Estate’s long tradition of a wide-ranging list, she commissions, for example, memoir, pop science, food, smart thinking, parenting and nature writing. Louise has recently published Nigel Slater’s number one bestseller A Cook’s Book, Hadley Freeman’s universally acclaimed House of Glass, André Leon Talley’s bestseller, The Chiffon Trenches and Anna Jones’ bestselling One: Pot, Pan, Planet. Her authors include: Angela Saini, Marcus du Sautoy, Ben Goldacre, Matt Ridley, Dr Sander Van Linden, Bee Wilson, Sali Hughes and Miranda Sawyer.

Kishani Widyaratna, Editorial Director

Kishani publishes literary fiction, crossover fiction and narrative non-fiction at 4th Estate. In non-fiction, she is interested in authors who help us rethink the past, understand the present and imagine new futures. In fiction, she is drawn to stories that illuminate the world we live in, writers who push boundaries and exceptional writing that cuts through everything. She is committed to advocating for a more inclusive and equitable publishing industry. Her authors at 4th Estate include Honorée Fannone Jeffers, Yiyun Li, Kayo Chingonyi, Monica Heisey, Jamel Brinkley, Safiya Sinclair, Eloghosa Osunde, Sarah Winman, Daphne Palasi Andreades, Jonathan Escoffery, Kasim Ali, Alexandra Kleeman, Jia Tolentino, John Patrick McHugh, Cecile Pin and Yomi Adegoke.

Prior to joining 4th Estate, Kishani commissioned at Picador Books where her list included Sarah Moss, Raven Leilani, Jamaica Kincaid, Julia Armfield, Mieko Kawakami, Andrea Lawlor, Rachel Long, Olivia Laing, Sarah Manguso and Sinéad Gleeson. She is a board member of The White Review.

Katie Bowden, Editorial Director

Katie publishes commercial literary, book club and upmarket fiction and non-fiction at 4th Estate. She loves books that entertain, thrill, spark debate, reinvent genres in surprising ways and immerse readers in irresistible stories. She is seeking books that will be passionately passed between readers and everyone they know.

She is privileged to look after some of 4th Estate’s best loved and most successful authors, including Kate Elizabeth Russell, Naomi Alderman, Rachel Edwards, Frances Liardet and Virginia Feito. Katie’s background is in marketing at Picador Books and, prior to that, at Penguin Michael Joseph. Her commissioning at 4th Estate is informed by her vision for impactful, bestselling, talked-about publications.

Mia Colleran, Assistant Editor

Mia is interested in literary fiction, narrative non-fiction about language and food, essay collections and translated fiction (French in particular). She previously worked as an award-winning bookseller and book critic in Ireland, as an arts critic in France and as an assistant at ICM Partners in New York. She is on the founding committee of the Dingle Literary Festival and has interviewed authors at a variety of festivals in Ireland and the UK.

If you’d like to get in touch with either the 4th Estate marketing or publicity team, please do so using the below emails.

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