Antonio Padilla Esteban

Antonio Padilla Esteban – Translator

A native Spaniard, I'm an English to Spanish literary translator with over 35 years of experience. Over 100 books translated so far.


A native Spaniard, I am an English to Spanish translator with over 35 years of professional experience. Over 100 books translated so far, for some of the main publishing houses in Spain: Planeta, RBA, Salamandra (belonging to the Penguin Random House Mondadori Group), and a very long et cetera.

Some of the authors I have translated over the years, in no particular order: George Orwell, Graham Greene, Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Adam Silvera, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Connelly, Chester Himes, Martin Cruz Smith, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Robert Graves Gerald Durrell, Jim Thompson, Mick Herron... Too many to mention them all here, really.

Mysteries and thrillers are my thing, really. Having said that, and as you can see above, I'm a multi-purpose professional, with dozens of translations in other genres, both fiction and non-fiction.

I am also a journalistic translator, with over 1,000 articles, features and interviews translated for XLSemanal, the Sunday magazine with the widest circulation in Spain.

Last but not least, I am a novelist too, with a couple of thrillers launched by two independent Spanish publishers back in 2012 and 2017. I just finished my third one, set in 1963 Barcelona, the city where I grew up.

Some additional points:

--As a freelancer working through this platform, please note that all my translations come copy-edited/proofread. That is, ready for publishing.

--Please note that I do NOT resort to machine transation, AI translation and the like. All my translations are done the traditional way: starting from scratch and personally tending to all nuances and quirks in your writing.

--I like to work fast... Still unable to match online translation machines in this respect, but I take you are not looking for a robotically delivered version of your book?

Action & Adventure Anthologies Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
Humanities & Social Sciences
English to Spanish

Work experience


Sep, 1982 — Present

+35 years of professional experience.


Tokyo Station

Martin Cruz Smith

El auténtico David Copperfield

The trustees of the Robert Graves

Causas mortales

Rankin, Ian

Antonio has 2 reviews





Vilma A.

Vilma A.

May, 2024

I am very satisfied with Antonio's work, he is very responsible, he did an excellent job, I highly recommend it.
Antonio P.
Vilma is the dream person to work with. She knows what she wants, knows how to communicate it and is always considerate and professional. Definitely recommended.
Joshua F.

Joshua F.

Nov, 2023

Antonio was fantastic! Very communicative and responsive. Answered any questions I had within 24 hours which was much appreciated. Since I was having my work translated into a language I am not super familiar with, he was great at communicating about the translation style and why he was choosing it for my particular project...again, great communication and detail oriented. I have to say, he was...
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Antonio P.
Joshua is a dream client: serious, professional, with very clear goals in mind. He is also a true gentleman: considerate and amiable throughout the whole project, it's been a pleasure working with ...
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