Neil Burkey

Neil Burkey - Editor

Dublin, Ireland

I am an editor, copy-editor, proofreader and project manager working in both non-fiction and fiction.

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Overview

I have 15 years of editorial experience in the publishing industry, working with clients in the UK, Ireland, the United States and elsewhere to perfect projects, be they illustrated institutional histories, non-fiction trade publications, novels or anything in-between.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Photography
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Literary Fiction

Certifications

  • Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers, Full Member
  • Master's Degree in English from University College London

Awards

  • Recipient of a 2015 Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council (Ireland)

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

Publishing Director (Interim)

Self-employed
February, 2016 – June, 2016 (4 months)

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Write to the Point

An entertaining, no-nonsense guide to writing everything, from a pro who knows it allFor students of any age struggling to write their essays as well as for anyone needing to polish an application or craft the perfect email, thank-you card, blog post, and more, Write to the Point brings a refreshing, unapologetically easy and fun way to take your writing abilities to the next level. Comprehens... read more

An entertaining, no-nonsense guide to writing everything, from a pro who knows it allFor students of any age struggling to write their essays as well as for anyone needing to polish an application or craft the perfect email, thank-you card, blog post, and more, Write to the Point brings a refreshing, unapologetically easy and fun way to take your writing abilities to the next level. Comprehens... read more

That's The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of the English Language

Matthew Engel

Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now.In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment th... read more

Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now.In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment th... read more

Treasures of Merton College

Dr. Steven Gunn

This richly illustrated book will feature archival and architectural highlights spanning the 750-year life of Merton College.

This richly illustrated book will feature archival and architectural highlights spanning the 750-year life of Merton College.

On the Move

Charles Hindlip

A highly entertaining memoir from former Christie's chairman Charles Hindlip, charting the highs and lows of his many relocations and his adventures around the worldFollows on from the successful An Auctioneer's Lot, which charted his illustrious career at Christie's Over the nearly five decades of their marriage, Charles and Fiona Allsopp moved home more than thirty times. They also visited s... read more

A highly entertaining memoir from former Christie's chairman Charles Hindlip, charting the highs and lows of his many relocations and his adventures around the worldFollows on from the successful An Auctioneer's Lot, which charted his illustrious career at Christie's Over the nearly five decades of their marriage, Charles and Fiona Allsopp moved home more than thirty times. They also visited s... read more

Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers

Philip Hook

Philip Hook takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners. In a richly anecdotal narrative he describes the rise and occasional fall of the extraordinary men and women who over the centuries have made it their business to sell art to kings, merchants, nobles, entrepreneurs and museums.From its beginnings in Antwerp, where pa... read more

Philip Hook takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners. In a richly anecdotal narrative he describes the rise and occasional fall of the extraordinary men and women who over the centuries have made it their business to sell art to kings, merchants, nobles, entrepreneurs and museums.From its beginnings in Antwerp, where pa... read more

Rave On: Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music

Matthew Collin

Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Cultural liberation and musical innovation. Pyrotechnics, bottle service, bass drops, and molly. Electronic dance music has been a vital force for more than three decades now, and has undergone transformation upon transformation as it has taken over the world. In this searching, lyrical account of dance music culture worldwide, Matthew Collin takes stock of its... read more

Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Cultural liberation and musical innovation. Pyrotechnics, bottle service, bass drops, and molly. Electronic dance music has been a vital force for more than three decades now, and has undergone transformation upon transformation as it has taken over the world. In this searching, lyrical account of dance music culture worldwide, Matthew Collin takes stock of its... read more

De Valera Volume 1: Rise (1882-1932)

David McCullagh

Éamon de Valera was the single most consequential Irish figure of the twentieth century. He was a leader in the Easter Rising, the figurehead of the anti-Treaty rebels during the dark days of the Civil War and, later, as the founder of Fianna Fáil and president of Ireland, the pivotal figure in the birth of the Republic.In this, the first volume of a magisterial new biography, acclaimed histor... read more

Éamon de Valera was the single most consequential Irish figure of the twentieth century. He was a leader in the Easter Rising, the figurehead of the anti-Treaty rebels during the dark days of the Civil War and, later, as the founder of Fianna Fáil and president of Ireland, the pivotal figure in the birth of the Republic.In this, the first volume of a magisterial new biography, acclaimed histor... read more

The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling's Golden Gener

Barry Ryan

In the 1980s two young men from Ireland rose from obscure beginnings to dominate professional cycling: Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Kelly was quiet, consistent and famously resilient - the dominant classic rider of his era. Roche, by contrast, was a charismatic and mercurial presence, whose unruly talent would carry him to the Triple Crown in 1987 - victories at the Giro d'Italia, Tour de Fra... read more

In the 1980s two young men from Ireland rose from obscure beginnings to dominate professional cycling: Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Kelly was quiet, consistent and famously resilient - the dominant classic rider of his era. Roche, by contrast, was a charismatic and mercurial presence, whose unruly talent would carry him to the Triple Crown in 1987 - victories at the Giro d'Italia, Tour de Fra... read more

Coming Home: One Man's Return to the Irish Language

Michael McCaughan

The story of Michael McCaughan's journey around Ireland and the Irish language. From a surreal start involving dedicated listening to Raidio na Gaeltachta's (Irish-Gaelic radio) death notices, to rediscovering the soul of the language through immersing himself in Phil Lynott's music - all without becoming a bore. This book may make you want to follow in his footsteps.

The story of Michael McCaughan's journey around Ireland and the Irish language. From a surreal start involving dedicated listening to Raidio na Gaeltachta's (Irish-Gaelic radio) death notices, to rediscovering the soul of the language through immersing himself in Phil Lynott's music - all without becoming a bore. This book may make you want to follow in his footsteps.

I, Maybot: The Rise and Fall

John Crace

'The Maybot is rebooted as strong and humble. Stumble for short.' 'Kim Jong-May awkward and incredulous as journalist asks question.' 'Supreme leader produces pure TV Valium on The One Show.' Throughout 2017 John Crace, the Guardian's parliamentary sketch writer, has watched Prime Minister Theresa May's efforts to remain strong and stable - and, indeed, Prime Minister. He coined the term 'Mayb... read more

'The Maybot is rebooted as strong and humble. Stumble for short.' 'Kim Jong-May awkward and incredulous as journalist asks question.' 'Supreme leader produces pure TV Valium on The One Show.' Throughout 2017 John Crace, the Guardian's parliamentary sketch writer, has watched Prime Minister Theresa May's efforts to remain strong and stable - and, indeed, Prime Minister. He coined the term 'Mayb... read more

Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World

Dan Davies

Financial crime seems horribly complicated but there are only so many ways you can con someone out of what's theirs. In fact, there are four. A veteran regulatory economist and market analyst, Dan Davies has years of experience picking the bones out of some of the most famous frauds of the modern age. Now he reveals the big picture that emerges from their labyrinths of deceit.Along the way you... read more

Financial crime seems horribly complicated but there are only so many ways you can con someone out of what's theirs. In fact, there are four. A veteran regulatory economist and market analyst, Dan Davies has years of experience picking the bones out of some of the most famous frauds of the modern age. Now he reveals the big picture that emerges from their labyrinths of deceit.Along the way you... read more

Sleepyhead: Narcolepsy, Neuroscience and the Search for a Good Night

When Henry Nicholls was twenty-one, he was diagnosed with narcolepsy: a medical disorder causing him to fall asleep with no warning. For the healthy but overworked majority, this might sound like an enviable condition, but for Henry, the inability to stay awake is profoundly disabling, especially as it is accompanied by mysterious collapses called cataplexy, poor night-time sleep, hallucinatio... read more

When Henry Nicholls was twenty-one, he was diagnosed with narcolepsy: a medical disorder causing him to fall asleep with no warning. For the healthy but overworked majority, this might sound like an enviable condition, but for Henry, the inability to stay awake is profoundly disabling, especially as it is accompanied by mysterious collapses called cataplexy, poor night-time sleep, hallucinatio... read more

Where There's A Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent

Emily Chappell

'Chappell is a gifted storyteller' - ObserverA London cycle courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race - The Transcontinental - in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On her second attempt, she won the women's event, covering nearly 4,000 miles in 13 days and ten hours, sleeping in sho... read more

'Chappell is a gifted storyteller' - ObserverA London cycle courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race - The Transcontinental - in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On her second attempt, she won the women's event, covering nearly 4,000 miles in 13 days and ten hours, sleeping in sho... read more

Open Up: The Power of Talking About Money

Alex Holder

'Empowering, educational and very entertaining' - ElleFrom friendships, to ambitions, to mental health, money plays a huge role in our lives and relationships, yet we're often too polite or embarrassed to talk about it. But in an age of pay-gap exposés and growing inequality, we need to talk about money more than ever. Open Up is an outspoken, warm and timely book that destigmatises the way we... read more

'Empowering, educational and very entertaining' - ElleFrom friendships, to ambitions, to mental health, money plays a huge role in our lives and relationships, yet we're often too polite or embarrassed to talk about it. But in an age of pay-gap exposés and growing inequality, we need to talk about money more than ever. Open Up is an outspoken, warm and timely book that destigmatises the way we... read more

Our Lady of Everything

Susan Finlay

Margaret O'Shea never thought she'd find herself praying for the life of an English soldier. But with her grandson Eoin fighting in Iraq, Margaret can't do anything but say the rosary and hope that he comes home unscathed. His fiancée Katarzyna is a good Catholic girl, even if she goes to Nottingham's Polish church rather than its Irish one. What Margaret doesn't know is that Kathy's way of co... read more

Margaret O'Shea never thought she'd find herself praying for the life of an English soldier. But with her grandson Eoin fighting in Iraq, Margaret can't do anything but say the rosary and hope that he comes home unscathed. His fiancée Katarzyna is a good Catholic girl, even if she goes to Nottingham's Polish church rather than its Irish one. What Margaret doesn't know is that Kathy's way of co... read more

The Pine Islands

Marion Poschmann

AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan.In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the ... read more

AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan.In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the ... read more

The Summer House

Philip Teir

The light greenery of the early summer is trembling around Erik and Julia as they shove their children into the car and start the drive towards the house by the sea on the west coast of Finland where they will spend the summer. From the outside they are a happy young family looking forward to a long holiday together. But look under the surface, and their happiness shows signs of not lasting th... read more

The light greenery of the early summer is trembling around Erik and Julia as they shove their children into the car and start the drive towards the house by the sea on the west coast of Finland where they will spend the summer. From the outside they are a happy young family looking forward to a long holiday together. But look under the surface, and their happiness shows signs of not lasting th... read more

The Word for Woman is Wilderness

Abi Andrews

Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures. So Erin sets off on a voyage into the Alaskan wilderness, a one-woman challenge to the archetype of the rugged male explorer.As Erin's journey takes her through the Arctic Circle, across the entire breadth of the American continent an... read more

Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures. So Erin sets off on a voyage into the Alaskan wilderness, a one-woman challenge to the archetype of the rugged male explorer.As Erin's journey takes her through the Arctic Circle, across the entire breadth of the American continent an... read more

Letti Park

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION Judith Hermann's masterly new stories reveal the inconceivable drama of existence: what happens when we meet someone? In the stories of Letti Park , strangers wander into ordinary lives and change them in profound yet unknowable ways. Like us, Judith Hermann's characters have no defence against these intense and unpredictable encou... read more

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION Judith Hermann's masterly new stories reveal the inconceivable drama of existence: what happens when we meet someone? In the stories of Letti Park , strangers wander into ordinary lives and change them in profound yet unknowable ways. Like us, Judith Hermann's characters have no defence against these intense and unpredictable encou... read more

British Forces in Germany 1945-2019: The Lived Experience

Dr Peter Johnston

A lavishly illustrated military and social history of the forces in Germany, published to coincide with the winding down of the operation in 2019-20. The book is split into decades and covers important military strategy, political events such as the Berlin airlift and the fall of the Wall, but also the experiences of British soldiers and the increasing integration of British troops and the Ger... read more

A lavishly illustrated military and social history of the forces in Germany, published to coincide with the winding down of the operation in 2019-20. The book is split into decades and covers important military strategy, political events such as the Berlin airlift and the fall of the Wall, but also the experiences of British soldiers and the increasing integration of British troops and the Ger... read more

Francis Brennan's Book of Household Management: How to Create a Happy Home

Francis Brennan

In this book, Francis takes us through the house room by room, and offers his advice and unique insights on managing your household, while relating hilarious anecdotes from his experiences as an hotelier. He informs readers on the practical measures needed to ensure domestic bliss from the kitchen to the bathroom.

In this book, Francis takes us through the house room by room, and offers his advice and unique insights on managing your household, while relating hilarious anecdotes from his experiences as an hotelier. He informs readers on the practical measures needed to ensure domestic bliss from the kitchen to the bathroom.

Ireland 1963: A Year of Marvels, Mysteries, Merriment and Misfortune

Kevin C. Kearns

For over 30 years, renowned author and historian Kevin C. Kearns has been recording and publishing the valuable memories and recollections of Dubliners. In his latest book, he revisits the extraordinary year of 1963, bringing to life the voices of the ordinary people who lived through it in a way no conventional history could match.It was a year like no other. Not for any one monumental event,... read more

For over 30 years, renowned author and historian Kevin C. Kearns has been recording and publishing the valuable memories and recollections of Dubliners. In his latest book, he revisits the extraordinary year of 1963, bringing to life the voices of the ordinary people who lived through it in a way no conventional history could match.It was a year like no other. Not for any one monumental event,... read more

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