The Team

Nicholas Pearson, Publishing Director

Nicholas has been at 4th Estate since 1996. He publishes a range of literary fiction and non-fiction. His writers include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Craig Brown, Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, Anthony Doerr, Aida Edemariam, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Hugo Hamilton, Philip Hensher, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Kathryn Hughes, Sebastian Junger, Tabitha Lasley, Hilary Mantel, Alexander Masters, Jenny McCartney, Joseph O’Neill, Annie Proulx, the Ravenmaster of the Tower of London, Alex Ross, Ian Sansom, Jeff VanderMeer, Michela Wrong, Nell Zink.

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 memoir, pop science, food, smart thinking, parenting and nature writing. Louise has recently published Hadley Freeman’s universally acclaimed House of Glass, Andre Leon Talley’s bestseller, The Chiffon Trenches and Nigel Slater’s superb Greenfeast volumes.  She is about to publish How to be Sad by Helen Russell, One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones, the polemical Motherhood: a manifesto by Eliane Glaser and What’s wrong with you? by Lorraine Candy on mothering teenage daughters. Her authors include: Angela Saini, Marcus du Sautoy, Ben Goldacre, Matt Ridley, Dr Sander Van Linden, Bee Wilson, Sali Hughes and Miranda Sawyer.

Michelle Kane, PR & Events 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.

Kishani Widyaratna, Editorial Director

Kishani is privileged to publish literary fiction and quality non-fiction at 4th Estate. 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. In non-fiction, she is interested in writers who help us rethink the past, understand the present and imagine new futures. Kishani is committed to championing underrepresented voices and passionate about nurturing bold new writing talent. Her authors at 4th Estate include Kasim Ali, Sarah Winman, Safiya Sinclair, Kayo Chingonyi, Daphne Palasi Andreades and Eloghosa Osunde.

Prior to joining 4th Estate, Kishani was a commissioning editor at Picador Books where she acquired and published a range of award-winning and bestselling writers, including Sarah Moss, Raven Leilani, Olivia Laing, Jericho Brown, Andrea Lawlor, Mieko Kawakami, Rachel Long, Sinéad Gleeson, Jamaica Kincaid and Julia Armfield. Kishani is a board member of the literary magazine The White Review.

Jordan Mulligan, Assistant Editor

Jordan commissions literary fiction and non-fiction. He’s looking for novels that challenge their reader but ultimately provide that gratifying emotional thump in the stomach. He is particularly interested in voice led fiction and supporting working class authors. His non-fiction interests include politics, philosophy, conspiracy theories, humour, men’s lifestyle and the ways the digital world intersects with our day to day lives. His authors include Kirstin Innes, Ece Temelkuran and Will Sommer. He has also worked on books by Jon McGregor, Gabriel Krauze and Craig Brown.

Nicola Webb, Senior Executive Publisher

Nicola is interested in seeing a variety of different types of books – both non-fiction and fiction – but ones which lean more towards the commercial side. In particular, she is keen to see writers of colour (especially voices from South East Asia) and stories that look at topical and timely issues. Her favourite kinds of books are the ones that look at issues from fresh angle and ultimately books that will educate, engage and let readers see something from a perspective that is not so frequently seen. Her authors include Mixed-Up podcast presenters Emma Slade Edmondson and Nicole Ocran, and CEO of The Black Curriculum, Lavinya Stennett. She has also worked on books by Raven Smith, Otegha Uwagba and Oliva Petter.

Mia Colleran, Assistant Editor

Observant, poetic fiction is what Mia reads when she’s feeling indulgent. She constantly reads essays – which she loves – and always welcomes a good collection. If it blends genres and has an exacting and poetic tone (think Anne Fadiman, Denise Riley or Jia Tollentino), all the better!

Meditations on language, nationality, the natural world and childhood are Mia’s bread and butter, and she can never say no to great food writing. Translated works are of great interest to her – if it’s in French or Irish let’s call it a match made in heaven – and she will rarely pass on the opportunity to read great poetry. A selection of Mia’s most revered writers include: Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Max Porter, Natalia Ginzburg, and Hanya Yanagihara.

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