Hannah Boursnell

Hannah Boursnell - Editor

Sheffield, UK

Friendly, experienced editor who loves a great story. I've edited numerous bestsellers, including memoir, humour, lifestyle and fiction.

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Over the years, I’ve helped novelists, journalists, actors, singers, cooks, comedians, entrepreneurs, innovators, musicians and historians (among many others) to share their stories with the wider world.

Whether you're an experienced writer or a ‘beginner’ with an extraordinary tale to tell, I can help you. I can help you get the words out of your head and onto the page, I can help you craft those words and sentences into the best possible shape, and I can help you figure out the best way to get those words of yours into the hands of readers. I am passionate about storytelling – fiction and non-fiction – and I have years of experience working with writers, as well as those who have never dared think of themselves as such, in a creative and collaborative partnership.

I’m a non-fiction specialist, but I’ve published fiction too and am an avid reader across (nearly) all genres. I worked for Little, Brown Book Group’s Sphere imprint for a decade, with four years before that at then-independent publisher Constable and Robinson. I graduated from City University’s MA in Publishing Studies in 2005, with distinction. I’ve published big, loud books and small, quiet ones; beautiful illustrated coffee-table books and weighty, wordy tomes. Humour, memoir, lifestyle, biography, current affairs and history are all favourites, but the joy of non-fiction is that you get to be a bit of a magpie – each new project, each new subject, is something new to learn and enjoy. There are very few subjects that I’m not willing to have a go at.

The editorial relationship is a partnership; a collaboration. I will work with you to shape your book into what you want it to be. It's your story; they're your ideas, your words – I'm there to support and give them a little spit and polish where necessary. If you think I can might be able to help you, let’s talk.

English (UK)
Biographies & Memoirs
Home & Garden
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy


  • MA Publishing Studies
  • BA (Hons) History

Work experience

Editorial Director

Little, Brown Book Group
August, 2009 – April, 2020 (over 10 years)

I was an editor at Little, Brown for just over ten years, specialising in non-fiction but occasionally dabbling in fiction too. I commissioned widely across the scope of commercial non-fiction, and was very proud to publish numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, including two numbers ones.

Managing Editor

Constable & Robinson
September, 2005 – July, 2009 (almost 4 years)

I began my career at Constable and Robinson, then a medium-sized independent publisher. I began as an Editorial Assitant, and progressed through the desk-editing team to the Managing Editor position, where I was responsible for editorial quality control and schedules.

Hannah has 10 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Cat Dyson
Hannah is fantastic to work with, I was brand new to having a professional read my work and was quite nervous. Hannah was very fair and informative and really boosted my confidence. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her!

Cat Dyson, July 2021

Hannah Boursnell
Thanks so much, Cat. It was a pleasure working with you. Best of luck!

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Vincent Papa
It was a great pleasure to collaborate with Hannah. She was generous in her approach and her assessment of my first draft was constructive and solution-oriented and her guidance will help me enhance forthcoming drafts. I would highly recommend her.

Vincent Papa, July 2021

Hannah Boursnell
Thank you for the kind review, Vincent. It was a pleasure working on your manuscript. Best of luck with it!

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jan brehm
I could not have asked for a better experience with an editor, especially as a first-time writer! Hannah gave me thoughtful and professional feedback that is helping me move my memoir forward. Her work is thorough, directions clear, and I felt a great sense of respect from her for my story. Highly recommend!

jan brehm, July 2021

Hannah Boursnell
Thank you so much, Jan. It was a pleasure to work on your manuscript. Best of luck with everything.

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Robin Henley
Hannah and I worked together on a query letter for my memoir and it was a great experience. She was friendly, professional and really knows her stuff. She was very thorough and gave me great advice and suggested things I hadn't even thought of. It was definitely a five star experience and I would work with her again in a heartbeat. Thanks Hannah!

Robin Henley, May 2021

Lindsay Topham
Hannah has been simply outstanding! Kind and supportive in her approach, working with her has been a real pleasure. After two years on working on my manuscript alone, Hannah revigorated me to produce something I am really proud of. Her editing recommendations have really helped shape my manuscript perfectly. Very professional, excellent at communicating and wonderful to work with, I would highl...
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Lindsay Topham, May 2021

Hannah Boursnell
Thank you, Lindsay. I loved working on your manuscript! Good luck with everything.

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