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The Team

David Roth-Ey, Executive Publisher

David Roth-Ey is Executive Publisher of 4th Estate and William Collins. Winner of the British Book Award’s Imprint of the Year in 2013 and shortlisted again in 2018 and 2020, 4th Estate publishes distinctive, critically-acclaimed fiction and nonfiction from a diverse array of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen, Valeria Luiselli, Lena Dunham, Craig Brown, Anna Jones and Nigel Slater.

Prior to taking over as Executive Publisher in 2012, David served as Group Digital Director at HarperCollins UK in addition to publishing roles at HarperCollins US, Scribner, Bookspan and International Creative Management (ICM) in New York.

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 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, Jeremy Lee’s Waterstones Book of the Year shortlisted Cooking, Angela Saini’s groundbreaking The Patriarchs, and Anna Jones’ bestselling One: Pot, Pan, Planet. Her authors include: Marcus du Sautoy, Lorraine Candy, Craig Brown, Ben Goldacre, Matt Ridley, Dr Sander Van Linden, Bee Wilson, Sali Hughes and Miranda Sawyer.

Michelle Kane, PR and Publishing Director

Michell Kane, PR and Publishing DirectorMichelle Kane publishes a broad range of both non-fiction and fiction writers. Her areas for non-fiction focuses on themes such as personal development, memoir, cultural commentary, smart-thinking, food, music and feminism, whilst her fiction list gravitates towards issue-led stories and powerful literary voices. Her list includes the likes of Lena Dunham, Raven Smith, Otegha Uwagba, Laura Whateley, Bernie Marsden, Olivia Petter, Danielle Pender, Gurdeep Loyal, Zain Asher, Toni Tone, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Patricia Field as well as literary giants Jonathan Franzen, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Elizabeth Day, Tash Aw, Michael Cunningham and Katherine Heiny. Michelle has a background in publicity and her commissioning is informed by her knowledge of forthcoming trends in the media.

Kishani Widyaratna, Publishing Director

Kishani publishes literary fiction, crossover fiction, translated fiction and quality 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 list at 4th Estate includes Yiyun Li, Maaza Mengiste, Sarah Winman, Alia Trabucco Zerán, Monica Heisey, Jamel Brinkley, Safiya Sinclair, Kayo Chingonyi, Yomi Adegoke, Jonathan Escoffery, Alexandra Kleeman, Jia Tolentino, Valeria Luiselli, Asako Yuzuki, Jon McGregor, K Patrick, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Eley Williams, Cecile Pin and Eloghosa Osunde.

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, Olivia Laing, Sarah Manguso and Sinéad Gleeson. She is a board member of The White Review.

Katie Bowden, Editorial Director

Katie publishes crossover, 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 captivating stories. She is seeking books that will be passionately passed between readers and everyone they know.

Katie’s authors at 4th Estate include Coco Mellors, Jennette McCurdy, Lucy Barker, Elizabeth McKenzie, Kate Young, Oisín McKenna, Hester Musson, Virginia Feito and Kate Elizabeth Russell. 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.

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