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Donald Sommerville

Donald Sommerville - Editor

Somerset, UK

I try to help authors achieve the books they want by careful professional editing, looking at the details – and the bigger stuff if needed.

Overview

I'm an editor, typesetter and occasional author with over 20 years' experience as a freelance, preceded by a varied career in book publishing up to editorial director level. I work mainly in non-fiction books with subject specialities including history, sport, travel, military affairs etc.

Some testimonials:

"Our copy editor, Donald Sommerville, has saved us from many errors, added to our knowledge and been exceptional for his pertinacity and patience." Christopher Ricks/Jim McCue

"Special thanks go to Donald Sommer­ville for his superb and patient copy-editing and typesetting." John Haffenden

"Also, my thanks to Donald Sommerville whose professional copy-editing managed to rid the book of those odd grammatical errors that always seem to creep in when the author is unawares – you did a grand job!" Kingsley L. Dennis

"freelance editor Donald Sommerville have been consistently helpful and supportive" Andrew Bamford

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History New Age Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation Technology Transportation Travel

Work experience

Freelance editor

Donald Sommerville Publishing

March, 1994 – Present (almost 23 years)

I have been a full-time freelance since 1994, providing editorial, typesetting and book production services to a range of publishing businesses, large and small, and self-publishing authors. As well as working in a variety of subject areas I also have extensive experience of a range of styles of publishing, from commercial illustrated books to academic works and niche specialist titles.

Editorial Director

Calmann & King

March, 1993 – April, 1994 (about 1 year)

Publishing titles on fine art, design, and related subjects.

Commissioning Editor

Ian Allan Publishing

October, 1991 – February, 1993 (over 1 year)

Editing and producing books, on sport, history, transport, etc.

Editorial Director

Guinness Publishing

April, 1987 – February, 1989 (almost 2 years)

Responsible for the company's list of titles other than the Guinness Book of Records, covering popular music, sport, and much else.

Editor, later Editorial Director

Bison Books

October, 1979 – March, 1987 (over 7 years)

This company was a highly successful producer of illustrated books on every conceivable popular subject. I gained wide experience of every aspect of the editorial role. I returned to the company in 1989–91 as Editorial Director

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The God Debate: A New Look at History's Oldest Argument

Gerald Benedict

Between the sublime confidence of both biblical fundamentalists and radical atheists lie various shades of belief, agnosticism, wishful thinking and escapist fantasy. The passion to prove the existence of God has always been frustrated by rationalism and always will be, which is why the subject of God's existence will continue to be an enigma. This book comprehensively explores the many contro... read more

Between the sublime confidence of both biblical fundamentalists and radical atheists lie various shades of belief, agnosticism, wishful thinking and escapist fantasy. The passion to prove the existence of God has always been frustrated by rationalism and always will be, which is why the subject of God's existence will continue to be an enigma. This book comprehensively explores the many contro... read more

I Can Make You Hate

Charlie Brooker

Would you like to eat whatever you want and still lose weight?Who wouldn't? Keep dreaming, imbecile. In the meantime, if you'd like to read something that alternates between laugh-out-loud-funny and apocalyptically angry, keep holding this book. Steal it if necessary.In his latest collection of rants, raves, hastily spluttered articles and scarcely literate scrawl, Charlie Brooker proves that ... read more

Would you like to eat whatever you want and still lose weight?Who wouldn't? Keep dreaming, imbecile. In the meantime, if you'd like to read something that alternates between laugh-out-loud-funny and apocalyptically angry, keep holding this book. Steal it if necessary.In his latest collection of rants, raves, hastily spluttered articles and scarcely literate scrawl, Charlie Brooker proves that ... read more

Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny

Michael Broers

This is the first life of Napoleon, in any language, that makes full use of the new version of his Correspondence compiled by the Fondation Napoléon in Paris to replace the sanitized compilation made under the Second French Empire as a propaganda exercise by his nephew, Napoleon III. All previous lives of Napoleon have relied more on the memoirs of others than on his own uncensored words.Micha... read more

This is the first life of Napoleon, in any language, that makes full use of the new version of his Correspondence compiled by the Fondation Napoléon in Paris to replace the sanitized compilation made under the Second French Empire as a propaganda exercise by his nephew, Napoleon III. All previous lives of Napoleon have relied more on the memoirs of others than on his own uncensored words.Micha... read more

The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Collected and Uncollected Poems (Volume 1)

T. S. Eliot

This critical edition of T. S. Eliot’s Poems establishes a new text of the Collected Poems 1909–1962, rectifying accidental omissions and errors that have crept in during the century since Eliot’s astonishing debut, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." As well as the masterpieces, the edition contains the poems of Eliot’s youth, which were rediscovered only decades later, others that circula... read more

This critical edition of T. S. Eliot’s Poems establishes a new text of the Collected Poems 1909–1962, rectifying accidental omissions and errors that have crept in during the century since Eliot’s astonishing debut, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." As well as the masterpieces, the edition contains the poems of Eliot’s youth, which were rediscovered only decades later, others that circula... read more

The Complete Illustrated History of World War Two: An authoritative account of the deadliest conflict I human history with analysis of decisive encounters and landmark engagements

Donald Sommerville

A comprehensive and highly readable history of the war, with expert commentary on the political and economic factors leading to the conflict, the key turning points during the war and the impact of new technologies.

A comprehensive and highly readable history of the war, with expert commentary on the political and economic factors leading to the conflict, the key turning points during the war and the impact of new technologies.

The Encyclopedia of Rugby Union

Donald Sommerville, Donald Summerville

An authoritative record of the events, players, games and achievements of the sport to date, which follows the development of the game from its very beginnings in each major country. An A-Z section provides information on other subjects such as Sevens and the womens' game.

An authoritative record of the events, players, games and achievements of the sport to date, which follows the development of the game from its very beginnings in each major country. An A-Z section provides information on other subjects such as Sevens and the womens' game.

Triumphs and Disasters: Eyewitness Accounts of the Netherlands Campaigns 1813-1814

Andrew Bamford

Sir Thomas Graham’s Netherlands Campaign of 1813–1814 has produced a surprisingly rich crop of memoirs and letters. This compelling new book brings together six of the shorter accounts, several of them never before seen in print, to help shed new light on the triumphs and disasters of these forgotten operations. Mixing formal reports with lively personal narratives, and contemporary letters an... read more

Sir Thomas Graham’s Netherlands Campaign of 1813–1814 has produced a surprisingly rich crop of memoirs and letters. This compelling new book brings together six of the shorter accounts, several of them never before seen in print, to help shed new light on the triumphs and disasters of these forgotten operations. Mixing formal reports with lively personal narratives, and contemporary letters an... read more

The 12-Type Enneagram: Know Your Type Improve Your Life

Matthew Campling

There exists a totally unknown system that codifies the very specific manner in which we think, feel and behave. It reveals the influence on us of planetary energies. The 12-Type Enneagram is completely original, and it reveals 12 planetary essence types. We all have every one of the type energies, but they exist in lesser or greater concentrations. Only one, though, is our essence type (not p... read more

There exists a totally unknown system that codifies the very specific manner in which we think, feel and behave. It reveals the influence on us of planetary energies. The 12-Type Enneagram is completely original, and it reveals 12 planetary essence types. We all have every one of the type energies, but they exist in lesser or greater concentrations. Only one, though, is our essence type (not p... read more

How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say-And What It Really Means

John Lanchester

“One of the world’s great explainers of the financial crisis and its aftermath.”―Michael LewisTo those who don’t speak it, the language of money can seem impenetrable and its ideas too complex to grasp. In How to Speak Money, John Lanchester―author of the New York Times best-selling book on the financial crisis, I.O.U.―bridges the gap between the money people and the rest of us.With characteri... read more

“One of the world’s great explainers of the financial crisis and its aftermath.”―Michael LewisTo those who don’t speak it, the language of money can seem impenetrable and its ideas too complex to grasp. In How to Speak Money, John Lanchester―author of the New York Times best-selling book on the financial crisis, I.O.U.―bridges the gap between the money people and the rest of us.With characteri... read more

The Hundred Years War, Volume 4: Cursed Kings (The Middle Ages Series)

Jonathan Sumption

Jonathan Sumption's Cursed Kings is the eagerly anticipated fourth volume in what Allan Massie has called "one of the great historical works of our time."Cursed Kings tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family. In the early fifteenth century France, Europe's strongest and most populous state, suffered a complete internal col... read more

Jonathan Sumption's Cursed Kings is the eagerly anticipated fourth volume in what Allan Massie has called "one of the great historical works of our time."Cursed Kings tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family. In the early fifteenth century France, Europe's strongest and most populous state, suffered a complete internal col... read more

After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War

Stephen Cooper

The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the world As Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first "world cha... read more

The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the world As Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first "world cha... read more

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