Atlantic has recruited Nicolas Cheetham from Quercus to run Corvus, a new imprint dedicated to genre fiction. Corvus will launch this autumn, and will publish about 15 titles a year. Atlantic is riding high at the moment, thanks to the success of Aravind Adiga's Booker-winning The White Tiger . Toby Mundy, Atlantic Publisher and CEO, said: 'Nic Cheetham has a fantastic publishing brain and has everything it takes to become a leading light in our industry. His expertise, experience and enthusiasm will add in a multitude of ways to what we do.'
Quercus has a notable crime list, acquired mostly by Cheetham and his father, Anthony. Last autumn, Anthony Cheetham stepped down as Quercus Executive Chairman to take a non-executive role at the company.
Corvus will publish crime, thrillers, and speculative fiction. It will also have a 'select list' of illustrated titles. Cheetham, who takes up his new role on 2 February, said: 'To be invited to build a new list for such a creative and dynamic company is a rare and irresistible opportunity.'