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What Editors Want is a new podcast in which I interview a different editor each week from the world of publishing. It’s aimed at readers who want to hear the behind the scenes story of how their favourite books get made, and aspiring authors who want to know how to get published.
I’ve spoken to everyone from the biggest names in the industry to independent publishers taking a dynamic and innovative approach to making books. Along the way I’ve met the editors behind Nobel and Booker Prize winning authors (and practically every other literary prize), ground-breaking non-fiction (from The Panama Papers to Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race), with everything from kid’s books to cookbooks in between.
My dream is that this podcast will make the world of books more approachable and inclusive for the authors and publishing professionals of tomorrow by hearing about the career paths of industry leading editors, and how they choose their books.
Philip Connor Finn is an editor at award-winning publisher Unbound. He is the winner of the Faber & Faber Scholarship to UCL and the Cuirt Festival’s New Writing Prize. He writes for publications including Boundless, Caught by the River and The Times Literary Supplement.

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What Editors Want is a new podcast in which I interview a different editor each week from the world of publishing. It’s aimed at readers who want to hear the behind the scenes story of how their favourite books get made, and aspiring authors who want to know how to get published.
I’ve spoken to everyone from the biggest names in the industry to independent publishers taking a dynamic and innovative approach to making books. Along the way I’ve met the editors behind Nobel and Booker Prize winning authors (and practically every other literary prize), ground-breaking non-fiction (from The Panama Papers to Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race), with everything from kid’s books to cookbooks in between.
My dream is that this podcast will make the world of books more approachable and inclusive for the authors and publishing professionals of tomorrow by hearing about the career paths of industry leading editors, and how they choose their books.
Philip Connor Finn is an editor at award-winning publisher Unbound. He is the winner of the Faber & Faber Scholarship to UCL and the Cuirt Festival’s New Writing Prize. He writes for publications including Boundless, Caught by the River and The Times Literary Supplement.

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    A Short Update...

    A Short Update...

    Thank you to everyone who listened to Season 1, here's a short update on what's happened with the show.
    Apologies to anyone waiting for the episode featuring Jenny Lord. Jenny and I recorded a fantastic show in which we discussed authors including Deborah Orr. However following yesterday's sad news that Deborah has passed away, Jenny and I decided to postpone releasing the episode.

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    • 1 min
    Fitzcarraldo Editions - Jacques Testard

    Fitzcarraldo Editions - Jacques Testard

    Founded in only 2014, Fitzcarraldo Editions specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. In only five years they have won the International Booker Prize for Olga Tokarczuk's Flights and two of their authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Svetlana Alexievich in 2015 and Olga Tokarczuk in 2018.
    Jacques Testard, their founder and publisher, joined me to discuss starting the press from scratch, taking inspiration from classic French publishers and his belief of publishing authors for their whole career rather than specific books.
    ‘Fitzcarraldo Editions is probably the most exciting publishing house in the UK right now.’
    — Stuart Evers, New Statesman

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    • 44 min
    Daunt Books - Željka Marošević

    Daunt Books - Željka Marošević

    Daunt Books is London's famous chain of bookstores, and Željka Marošević is the Publisher at their imprint.
    We met to discuss the relationship between the bookstore and the publisher, and her feminist project of republishing unjustly out of print women. We spoke about bringing novels including Dorothy Baker's Cassandra at the Wedding back into print, and non-fiction by the likes of Natalia Ginzburg and MFK Fisher. Daunt also publish contemporary fiction including the Pulitzer Prize finalist, In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
    Željka also tells us about her time at Melville House - and working on Maggie Nelson’s seminal The Argonauts - and as Co-Editor of The White Review, the amazing arts and literature magazine.

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    • 38 min
    Piece of Paper Press - Tony White

    Piece of Paper Press - Tony White

    This week's guest is Tony White, founder and publisher of Piece of Paper Press, a lo-tech, sustainable publisher of new writings and illustrative works. Each book is manufactured from a single A4 sheet that is printed on both sides, and then folded, stapled and trimmed by hand to create the book. Piece of Paper Press titles are always distributed free, either by post and/or at an event. Authors who have contributed include Joanna Walsh and Michael Moorcock
    Tony is also the author of books including Foxy-T and Shackleton’s Man Goes South. His latest novel The Fountain in the Forest is published by Faber and Faber, which the Guardian described as 'An avant-garde take on the pulp crime genre becomes a paean to liberty and a secret history of the 1980s'.

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    • 52 min
    Serpent's Tail - Hannah Westland

    Serpent's Tail - Hannah Westland

    Hannah Westland is the publisher at Serpent's Tail, the literary arm of Profile Books. Serpent's Tail launching the careers of writers such as David Peace, Michel Houellebecq and Colm Tóibín and made books such as Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin and Karen Jay Fowler's We Are Completely Beside Ourselves into bestsellers.
    Hannah joined me to talk about books like Alix Nathan's The Warlow Experiment and the literary phenomenon that is Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent. Hannah also tells us how representing Esi Edugyan, the author of the Booker shortlisted Washington Black, as an agent helped Hannah transition into publishing.

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    • 41 min
    Atlantic Books - James Roxburgh

    Atlantic Books - James Roxburgh

    My guest this week is the Senior Editor at Atlantic Books, James Roxburgh.
    We're discussing book fairs, the different types of reading and the perceived death of literary fiction, as well as James' amazing list of literary fiction from around the globe including books like:
    When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy (shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize),
    House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Winner of the Edward Stanford Prize for Fiction with a Sense of Place, Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Orwell Prize, and longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize), and
    My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Women's Prize for Fiction).

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    • 58 min

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