Press Release: Moves and Promotions
New MD at Greene & Heaton Ltd
Posted at 9:54AM Thursday 10 Jan 2013
Thursday 10th January 2013
Greene & Heaton Ltd is delighted to announce some structural changes at the agency.
Carol Heaton becomes Chair of the company. Antony Topping is appointed Managing Director and Nicola Barr joins the Board of Directors (which includes, as well as Carol Heaton and Antony Topping, Judith Murray and Charles Elliott).
Antony Topping joined the agency in 1995. His writers and presenters include authors of thrillers, literary novels, science books and cookbooks. Among his clients are Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Suzannah Dunn, William Leith, James McGee, Lottie Moggach, CJ Sansom, Marcus du Sautoy, Will Wiles, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (and River Cottage), Thomasina Miers (Wahaca Restaurants), Bill Granger, Leon Restaurants, the Royal Society, Keo Films, and Komedia Entertainment.
Nicola Barr joined Greene & Heaton in January 2011, bringing with her a wealth of publishing experience. She worked in Bloomsbury's sales department before joining the Flamingo imprint at HarperCollins where she became a commissioning editor. After the closure of Flamingo, and a brief stint as a scout, Nicola joined The Susijn Agency, selling international rights and starting to build a list of her own authors, while also writing reviews for the Guardian and the Observer. Her clients include Katherine Webb, Lisa Ballantyne, Steven Amsterdam, Kerry Wilkinson, Josh Lacey, Travis Elborough, Andy Cutbill, Jim Bob, Colette McBeth, Thomas Mogford, and many others.
2013 is the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Greene & Heaton by the late Elaine Greene. The anniversary year has been ushered in by a stellar 2012. There were a number of best-selling titles, including Skios by Michael Frayn, Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James, A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb, and Dominion by CJ Sansom, plus numerous prize nominations including The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood for the Costa First Novel Award, The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles for a National Book Award for best new writer, and Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard, winner of the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year.
There was also an unprecedented list of new sales for new clients, among them Helen Giltrow (The Distance, Orion), Lucy Clarke (The Sea Sisters, HarperCollins), Sabine Durrant (Under Your Skin, Mulholland/Hodder), Clare Donoghue (Chasing Shadows, Macmillan), Colette McBeth (Precious Thing, Headline), Lottie Moggach (Kiss Me First, Picador), David Kirk (Child of Vengeance, S&S), Kerry Wilkinson (the DS Jessica Daniel and the YA Silver Blackthorn series, Macmillan), and Lucy Atkins (Chasing Whales, Quercus).
Carol Heaton said: "I am delighted by our new structure. Antony has built up a splendid list while demonstrating real leadership qualities. He and Judith were my first colleagues when I took over the agency more than 15 years ago, and in that time both have amply proved their worth. I am also very happy that Nicola will be joining what is already a strong board."
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