Simon Mason swaps David Fickling for Pushkin

News - Children Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Writer and editor joins to head up new Pushkin Children’s Books publishing venture

Mason arrives at Pushkin on 1 February and more details of the new venture will revealed nearer the time.

Mason has worked part-time at David Fickling Books (DFB) as its managing director since it became independent six years ago. Before that he worked in academic publishing and also at Thames & Hudson. He has pursued a parallel career as a novelist, firstly for an adult audience and more recently for younger readers. The third Garvie Smith YA crime novel will be published by DFB later this year.

Mason said: "I’ve had six terrific years at DFB and have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to work with so many gifted colleagues and extraordinary authors; I remain DFB's grateful author. But I’m now looking forward with tremendous excitement to working with Adam and his team at Pushkin on a new venture, and can’t wait to get started."

Pushkin publisher and md Adam Freudenheim said: "I’ve long admired Simon as both a writer and editor, and I’m very excited that he’ll be bringing his huge range of experience to Pushkin Children’s. We can’t wait for him to get started next month and help us continue to grow our children’s publishing programme."

Pushkin Children’s Books launched in 2013 and its titles include international bestseller The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, currently being adapted for Netflix, The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius, which was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, along with English-language originals Boy 87 by Ele Fountain and Dog by Andy Mulligan, both Sarah Odedina Books.

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