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Edward Fenton

Edward Fenton - Editor

Edward Fenton has worked as a writer, publisher and editor for almost his entire career. He started out as a music journalist for NME, before getting his first job in publishing. His novel ‘Scorched Earth’ won the Sinclair Prize for Fiction, judged by a panel of former Booker judges.

He has written and/or researched over twenty radio documentaries, broadcast on BBC Radios 1, 3 and 4, and his documentary on Samuel Pepys’s love of music was described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘radio documentary at its best’. He has a particular interest in diaries, and in 1998 he set up an independent publishing company, Day Books. His editions of historical diaries have featured in the Books of the Year lists in the national press, chosen by writers including Iain Sinclair and Martin Amis. He co-wrote the libretto of an opera which had its London premiere at the BBC Proms: and he is currently a member of the Four Wordsmen, who regularly perform their work at a range of events and festivals.

From us


Edward is our memoir specialist (among other things!). He’s a meticulous researcher and exactly who you want on your side when writing something so personal.

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I’ve never forgotten what it’s like to feel alone as a writer, desperate to get your words out there but with little idea how. So now I consider it a privilege to be able to work with other writers, to make their material as good as possible in order to reach a wide readership.

The fact that Jericho Writers doesn’t let its editors hide behind anonymity – unlike some other literary consultancies – means that no one should never feel that we’re delivering judgments from on high. I see it as a process of peer review. If I’m able to identify technical problems in someone else’s writing, it’s generally because I’ve made the same mistakes myself, and have worked out how to fix them.

And when I come across a new voice that urgently needs to be heard, and I discover that I can help – as with best-selling author Tim O’Rourke, who was able to give up his day job to write full time – that’s the most rewarding thing of all.

What Edward works on

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Genres Edward specialises in

Subject-led Non-fiction

Edward's published books

I Was Writing This Diary for You, Sasha

I Was Writing This Diary for You, Sasha

A Brief Jolly Change: The Diaries of Henry Peerless, 1891-1920

A Brief Jolly Change: The Diaries of Henry Peerless, 1891-1920

The Diaries of John Dee

The Diaries of John Dee

Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth

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