Becky Gee

Becky Gee - Editor

London, UK

Self-employed senior editor and proofreader with more than 15 years' experience. I specialise in illustrated nonfiction and journals.

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Overview

As an established freelance editor, I have worked with an array of high-profile clients throughout my career. I have extensive experience preparing copy for publication, including stylistic, structural and intrusive editing, page layout, research, copyediting, fact checking and proofreading. My regular clients include Thames & Hudson and the Quarto Group, with whom I work on co-edition multi- and single-author books and series across
the arts, social sciences, history and popular culture. I am therefore proficient working in both UK and US English and am confident with the implementation of house styles.

I love the collaborative process involved in producing both large illustrated reference books and smaller journals – working with writers, designers, picture researchers, etc – and always strive to create a truly beautiful and informative publication. It is a welcome challenge to tackle different subject matter and a pleasure to work with new clients.

Below is just a small selection of the amazing books I have edited over the past few years.


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Design
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Fashion & Textiles
History
Home & Garden
Photography

Work experience

Self-employed editor and proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2002 – Present (almost 18 years)

In addition to working on illustrated reference books, I also edit an annual journal for the Building Limes Forum and help new authors turn their initial ideas into manuscripts. For nine years, I was a member of the proofreading team at the Central Office of Information in London, which dealt with numerous government publications for clients including the Home Office, Electoral Commission, Royal Navy, Migration Advisory Committee, NHS and DfES. This required a high level of accuracy that I maintain in all my work.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Can We Save the Planet?: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea Series)

Alice Bell

This new volume in The Big Idea series surveys the detrimental impact humans have had on the planet and evaluates what we can do to reverse the damage.The effects of global warming are being felt around the world through climate change, and images of our rivers and oceans choking with plastic have provoked an instinctive, horrified reaction. In response, governments, corporations, and individu... read more

This new volume in The Big Idea series surveys the detrimental impact humans have had on the planet and evaluates what we can do to reverse the damage.The effects of global warming are being felt around the world through climate change, and images of our rivers and oceans choking with plastic have provoked an instinctive, horrified reaction. In response, governments, corporations, and individu... read more

Is Technology Making Us Sick?: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea Series)

Ian Douglas

This new volume in The Big Idea series evaluates the impact of the increased use of technology in everyday life on society.Modern technology has undoubtedly enhanced our lives in numerous, powerful ways―we can now communicate in real time with friends and colleagues around the world, and do mundane tasks such as shopping or banking at a touch. But has there been a detrimental effect on our hea... read more

This new volume in The Big Idea series evaluates the impact of the increased use of technology in everyday life on society.Modern technology has undoubtedly enhanced our lives in numerous, powerful ways―we can now communicate in real time with friends and colleagues around the world, and do mundane tasks such as shopping or banking at a touch. But has there been a detrimental effect on our hea... read more

Is Gender Fluid?: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea Series)

Sally Hines

This stimulating entry in the “Big Idea” series assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture, and sexuality, revealing how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries. When we are born, we are each assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. But why is it that some people experience dissonance between their biological sex and their personal identity? Is... read more

This stimulating entry in the “Big Idea” series assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture, and sexuality, revealing how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries. When we are born, we are each assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. But why is it that some people experience dissonance between their biological sex and their personal identity? Is... read more

Is Medicine Still Good for Us?: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea Series)

Julian Sheather

This fascinating entry in The Big Idea series lays out the ethical implications and the costs of modern medicine.Over the course of human history, medicine has achieved incredible successes―but at what cost? This latest book in The Big Idea series explores the state of modern medicine, examining the ethics of medical and healthcare practices and the impact they have on modern life. This fascin... read more

This fascinating entry in The Big Idea series lays out the ethical implications and the costs of modern medicine.Over the course of human history, medicine has achieved incredible successes―but at what cost? This latest book in The Big Idea series explores the state of modern medicine, examining the ethics of medical and healthcare practices and the impact they have on modern life. This fascin... read more

Will AI Replace Us: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea Series)

Shelly Fan

This timely volume in The Big Idea series surveys the evolution of AI over the last sixty years and explores how it’s transforming society today and for decades to come.Artificial Intelligence, which once felt like a far-off futuristic fantasy, is now changing everyday life. The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing bursts of growth in the field of AI―the science and computational techno... read more

This timely volume in The Big Idea series surveys the evolution of AI over the last sixty years and explores how it’s transforming society today and for decades to come.Artificial Intelligence, which once felt like a far-off futuristic fantasy, is now changing everyday life. The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing bursts of growth in the field of AI―the science and computational techno... read more

Art: The Whole Story

Author

Written by an international team of artists, art historians and curators, this absorbing and beautiful book gives readers unparalleled insights into the world s most iconic artworks. Art: The Whole Story traces the development of art period by period, with the illustrated text covering every genre, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art and performance art. Cultural timelines are there ... read more

Written by an international team of artists, art historians and curators, this absorbing and beautiful book gives readers unparalleled insights into the world s most iconic artworks. Art: The Whole Story traces the development of art period by period, with the illustrated text covering every genre, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art and performance art. Cultural timelines are there ... read more

Photography: The Whole Story

Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and polit... read more

Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and polit... read more

Design: The Whole Story

Elizabeth Wilhide

From the 18th century to the present, every aspect of design is covered in one single, spectacularly designed volume that will appeal to experts and general audiences alike. This chronologically organized compendium guides readers through the evolution of modern design, from its emergence in the 18th century to the present. Generously illustrated chapters trace the development of design: the c... read more

From the 18th century to the present, every aspect of design is covered in one single, spectacularly designed volume that will appeal to experts and general audiences alike. This chronologically organized compendium guides readers through the evolution of modern design, from its emergence in the 18th century to the present. Generously illustrated chapters trace the development of design: the c... read more

Architecture: The Whole Story

This latest addition to the Whole Story series offers an encyclopedic and lavishly illustrated survey of architecture throughout human history. Sweeping in reach and exhaustive in detail, Architecture: The Whole Story is an indispensible reference for anyone interested in the evolution of our built environment. Ranging chronologically from the Neolithic period to the sustainability movement of... read more

This latest addition to the Whole Story series offers an encyclopedic and lavishly illustrated survey of architecture throughout human history. Sweeping in reach and exhaustive in detail, Architecture: The Whole Story is an indispensible reference for anyone interested in the evolution of our built environment. Ranging chronologically from the Neolithic period to the sustainability movement of... read more

Gardens in Detail: 100 Contemporary Designs

Emma Reuss

Explore 100 gardens from around the world with this illustrated guide to the design elements of each—from historical style to planting and landscape design. This comprehensive reference offers gardens from many periods of history—Islamic, Renaissance, English Landscape, Arts & Crafts, and more—and geographically diverse environments—from a nighttime sculpture garden on the Oregon coast, to a s... read more

Explore 100 gardens from around the world with this illustrated guide to the design elements of each—from historical style to planting and landscape design. This comprehensive reference offers gardens from many periods of history—Islamic, Renaissance, English Landscape, Arts & Crafts, and more—and geographically diverse environments—from a nighttime sculpture garden on the Oregon coast, to a s... read more

Interiors in Detail: 100 Contemporary Rooms

Dominic Bradbury

Encompassing everything from townhouses and farmsteads to mountain cabins and beach houses, this beautifully illustrated and comprehensive reference will inspire both first-time decorators and experienced interior designers. Explore 100 exemplary private homes through 600 lavish images, from Manhattan and Marrakech to Madrid and Melbourne, with stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong, Istanbul,... read more

Encompassing everything from townhouses and farmsteads to mountain cabins and beach houses, this beautifully illustrated and comprehensive reference will inspire both first-time decorators and experienced interior designers. Explore 100 exemplary private homes through 600 lavish images, from Manhattan and Marrakech to Madrid and Melbourne, with stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong, Istanbul,... read more

The Art of Love: The Romantic and Explosive Stories Behind Art's Greatest Couples

Kate Bryan

The Art of Love tells the stories of the most fascinating couples of the art world, exploring the passionate, challenging and loving relationships behind some of the world’s greatest works of art. From Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to Joseph Cornell and Yayoi Kusama, Josef and Anni Albers to Gilbert & George – Kate Bryan delves into the formation, and sometimes breakdown, of each romance, docum... read more

The Art of Love tells the stories of the most fascinating couples of the art world, exploring the passionate, challenging and loving relationships behind some of the world’s greatest works of art. From Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to Joseph Cornell and Yayoi Kusama, Josef and Anni Albers to Gilbert & George – Kate Bryan delves into the formation, and sometimes breakdown, of each romance, docum... read more

Why You Can Build it Like That: Modern Architecture Explained

John Zukowsky

Why You Can Build it Like That

Why You Can Build it Like That

Excellent Book

Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That: From Slashed Canvas to Unmade Bed, Modern Art Explained

Susie Hodge

Come on, you know you’ve thought it―while viewing a “masterpiece” of abstract art, you mutter, “A kid could do that.” Here Susie Hodge, author of How to Survive Modern Art, explains why the best examples of modern art are actually the result of sophisticated thought and serious talent. From Marcel Duchamp’s notorious Fountain and the scribbles of Cy Twombly to Mark Rothko’s multiforms and Carl... read more

Come on, you know you’ve thought it―while viewing a “masterpiece” of abstract art, you mutter, “A kid could do that.” Here Susie Hodge, author of How to Survive Modern Art, explains why the best examples of modern art are actually the result of sophisticated thought and serious talent. From Marcel Duchamp’s notorious Fountain and the scribbles of Cy Twombly to Mark Rothko’s multiforms and Carl... read more

The Jacksons: Legacy

The Jacksons, Fred Bronson

The only official, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons' lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time. The Jacksons: Legacy is the first official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. Unrivaled access to the family archives as well as the private collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, combined with 12 days of exclusive interviews with the broth... read more

The only official, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons' lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time. The Jacksons: Legacy is the first official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. Unrivaled access to the family archives as well as the private collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, combined with 12 days of exclusive interviews with the broth... read more

Supreme Glamour

Mary Wilson, Mark Bego

Sumptuously illustrated, engaging, and insightful, Mary Wilson’s book charts the glittering story of The Supremes, as it showcases their glamorous and iconic ensembles.As Motown’s leading act in the 1960s, The Supremes became synonymous with glamorous, elegant, coordinated ensembles. Supreme Glamour presents founding member Mary Wilson’s unparalleled collection, showcasing thirty-two of the gr... read more

Sumptuously illustrated, engaging, and insightful, Mary Wilson’s book charts the glittering story of The Supremes, as it showcases their glamorous and iconic ensembles.As Motown’s leading act in the 1960s, The Supremes became synonymous with glamorous, elegant, coordinated ensembles. Supreme Glamour presents founding member Mary Wilson’s unparalleled collection, showcasing thirty-two of the gr... read more

The Fashion Swatch Book

Marnie Fogg

One of the most beautiful and comprehensive sourcebooks of fabric swatches from every key designer of the last century This exhaustive sourcebook book presents the most eye-catching and important pieces from an array of more than 100 of the world’s fashion designers. Covering both contemporary and classic designs―from historic houses such as Sophie Hallette, masters of lace, to the edgiest wor... read more

One of the most beautiful and comprehensive sourcebooks of fabric swatches from every key designer of the last century This exhaustive sourcebook book presents the most eye-catching and important pieces from an array of more than 100 of the world’s fashion designers. Covering both contemporary and classic designs―from historic houses such as Sophie Hallette, masters of lace, to the edgiest wor... read more

Fashion: The Whole Story

Marnie Fogg

The second volume in Prestel's Whole story series is a lavish, nicely priced, and authoritative book tracing the complete evolution of fashion, from togas to Tory Burch.This enthralling book takes readers through every major era of fashion history: classical Greece and Rome; the court dress of the Tang Dynasty; the emergence of the Japanese kimono; early Native American and Pre-Colombian texti... read more

The second volume in Prestel's Whole story series is a lavish, nicely priced, and authoritative book tracing the complete evolution of fashion, from togas to Tory Burch.This enthralling book takes readers through every major era of fashion history: classical Greece and Rome; the court dress of the Tang Dynasty; the emergence of the Japanese kimono; early Native American and Pre-Colombian texti... read more

Fashion Design Directory

Marnie Fogg

The ultimate who's who in the world of fashion design. Fashion Design Directory presents an enticing panorama of 150 key players in fashion, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. These are the people and companies that have shaped the world of fashion as we know it and defined the modern perception of style. For ease of reference, the book is organized alphabetically by fa... read more

The ultimate who's who in the world of fashion design. Fashion Design Directory presents an enticing panorama of 150 key players in fashion, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. These are the people and companies that have shaped the world of fashion as we know it and defined the modern perception of style. For ease of reference, the book is organized alphabetically by fa... read more

Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home

Lucinda Hawksley

The shocking story of a deadly trend in Victorian wallpaper design, illustrated by beautiful and previously unseen arsenic-riddled designs from the British National ArchivesIn Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green–known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green–which became an instant favorite amongst designers and ... read more

The shocking story of a deadly trend in Victorian wallpaper design, illustrated by beautiful and previously unseen arsenic-riddled designs from the British National ArchivesIn Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green–known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green–which became an instant favorite amongst designers and ... read more

Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery

Richard Barnett

A beautifully illustrated look at the evolution of surgery, as revealed through rare technical illustrations, sketches, and oil paintings The nineteenth century saw major advances in the practice of surgery. In 1750, the anatomist John Hunter described it as “a humiliating spectacle of the futility of science”; yet, over the next 150 years the feared, practical men of medicine benefited from a... read more

A beautifully illustrated look at the evolution of surgery, as revealed through rare technical illustrations, sketches, and oil paintings The nineteenth century saw major advances in the practice of surgery. In 1750, the anatomist John Hunter described it as “a humiliating spectacle of the futility of science”; yet, over the next 150 years the feared, practical men of medicine benefited from a... read more

Smile Stealers: The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry

Richard Barnett

An incisive and startling international review of the evolution of dentistry from the Bronze Age to the present day, presented in a gorgeous packageThis achingly fascinating book follows the evolution of dentistry throughout the world from the Bronze Age to the present day, featuring captivating, grim illustrations of the tools and techniques of dentistry through the ages. It charts the changi... read more

An incisive and startling international review of the evolution of dentistry from the Bronze Age to the present day, presented in a gorgeous packageThis achingly fascinating book follows the evolution of dentistry throughout the world from the Bronze Age to the present day, featuring captivating, grim illustrations of the tools and techniques of dentistry through the ages. It charts the changi... read more

The Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints & Pigments

Patrick Baty

The history of paint and color in interior design, spanning a period of three centuriesWhy were primary colors popular in postwar kitchens? Why did the Art Deco era prefer clean lines and pastel shades? This comprehensive illustrated history of the use of color and paint in interior decoration answers these questions and many more.Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint exp... read more

The history of paint and color in interior design, spanning a period of three centuriesWhy were primary colors popular in postwar kitchens? Why did the Art Deco era prefer clean lines and pastel shades? This comprehensive illustrated history of the use of color and paint in interior decoration answers these questions and many more.Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint exp... read more

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