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Atlantic appoints Poppy Hampson as Publishing Director for non-fiction

20th June 2022

Atlantic Books is delighted to announce that Poppy Hampson – currently Editorial Director at Chatto & Windus – has been appointed Publishing Director for the Atlantic non-fiction imprint. She will take up the role in September, following the departure of Mike Harpley earlier this year.

Hampson has worked for Penguin Random House for over twenty years, most recently as Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus where she published literary non-fiction and fiction. Her authors included Caroline Criado Perez, whose Invisible Women won both the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and the Royal Society Science Book Prize, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller, and has sold over half a million copies to date. Hampson also published ​stellar fiction such as Emma Cline’s international bestseller The Girls, Neel Mukherjee’s Booker-shortlisted The Lives of Others and Women’s Prize-shortlisted Ordinary People from Diana Evans, as well as ​further non-fiction, from agenda-setting ​books by investigative journalist Nick Davies, to food writer Ruby Tandoh, and prize-winning writers Lindsey Hilsum and Caroline Moorehead.

Poppy Hampson comments,

‘I’ve grown up at Chatto, and Vintage, and I will always be proud of the work I’ve done here, and so grateful for the extraordinary colleagues and authors I’ve been lucky to work with. But I am now hugely excited about this new venture, joining Will and his excellent team at this time of growth, and helping to shape their enviable non-fiction list for the years to come.’

Will Atkinson, M.D. and Publisher of Atlantic Books, comments,

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Poppy into the company to take on this vital role. Atlantic non-fiction is the bedrock of our business and from where many of our bestsellers have come. By building on our already considerable strength, reputation and expertise in this area of publishing, Poppy’s arrival not merely adds another string to our bow but another violin in the orchestra.’