Lucy Hume

Lucy Hume – Editor

A meticulous and experienced proofreader, copy-editor and writer, I specialise in history, biography and lifestyle books.


I'm an editor and writer with almost fifteen years' experience working for publishers including Debrett's, the History Press, Pavilion, Nick Hern, Samuel French and Helen Exley. My specialism is non-fiction, particularly history, biography and lifestyle books.

I have worked with authors at every stage of the publishing process, from early structural edits to the final proofread before publication. Efficient and responsive, I turn projects around quickly and never miss a deadline.
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Weddings
English (UK)
  • Creative Writing MA with Distinction

Work experience

Debrett's Ltd

May, 2014 — Present

I lead the content team at Debrett's, overseeing our books, website, marketing material and partnerships.

I have revised and edited books including the Debrett's Wedding Handbook, People of Today, the A to Z of Modern Manners and the Guide to British Style.

I have also written guides for content partners including Sainsbury's, Ford, Facebook Messenger, Airbnb, Pinkster and Ourtime (

The History Press

Jun, 2012 — Present

I provide freelance editorial services to the History Press, proofreading and copy-editing history books, biography and children's historical fiction.


Debrett's revised and updated Wedding Handbook is the definitive guide to planning your wedding day. It provides practical and expert advice on all aspects of the planning process, from announcing the engagement, to drawing up a guest list, budgeting, recruiti... read more
Surviving Actors Manual

Felicity Jackson

The essential, one-stop handbook for actors, with everything you need to survive and thrive, from the team behind the internationally successful Surviving Actors conventions.Being an actor is a vocation, but it’s also a real-life job. Talent, determination and... read more

R.J. Clarke

"Her story is adapted to move the compassion of those she visits. She has bad nerves, and seems in great disorder of mind, which she pretends to be owing to the ill usage of her father [...] She attempts to borrow money of [sic] waiters, servants, and chaise b... read more
IN 1981, Detective Inspector Satchwell was the officer in charge of the case against Train Robber Tom Wisbey and twenty others. The case involved massive thefts from mail trains – similar to the Great Train Robbery of 1963 where £2.6 million was taken and only... read more
Me and Mr Welles

Dorian Bond

In late autumn 1968, Dorian Bond was tasked with travelling to Yugoslavia to deliver cigars and film stock to the legendary Hollywood director Orson Welles. The pair soon struck up an unlikely friendship, and Welles offered Bond the role of his personal assist... read more
The Little History Of Coventry packs into its pages the colour and incident of a thousand years, telling the story of a city that has perhaps been overlooked by mainstream historians but which has been at the heart of this country’s great events many times. Fr... read more
This history spotlights Fitzrovia’s enterprising twentieth-century immigrant workers. Ann Basu’s family of Jewish tailors lived here before the Second World War, just where the BT Tower stands today. At that time the women’s fashion trade and the new car indus... read more
Escaping Suburbia

David J. Eveleigh

Born into the gap between the eras of austerity and boom, David grew up in Merseyside amid an inexorable tide of progress, developing a fascination with the past. With a vivid eye for detail and boundless childhood curiosity for everything from steam trains to... read more
IT was inevitable that the Allies would invade France in the summer of 1944: the Nazis just had to figure out where and when. This job fell to the Abwehr and several other German intelligence services, and between them they put over 30,000 personnel to work st... read more
Palaces of Power

Stephen Hoare

THE core of what we call St James’s dates from the late seventeenth century, when large estates were leased by the Crown to the landed gentry after the Restoration in 1660. St James’s clubs, coffee houses and institutions have been shaped by enterprise, politi... read more
From the earliest FA Cup finals in the 1870s played between teams of former public schoolboys, to twenty-first-century Champions League matches contested by teams of billionaires – with stops along the way for Leicester City’s extraordinary Premier League triu... read more

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