Niall Kishtainy

Niall Kishtainy – Editor

Are you a specialist who wants to write for a non-specialist audience? I can help you to communicate your ideas with clarity and passion.


I'm a writer and editor with a proven track record of communicating specialist, often technical topics to a general readership. I’ve published highly successful popular books on economics, social science and history with top traditional publishers, including HarperCollins and Yale University Press.

I’ve acted as an editorial consultant and manuscript assessor for Cambridge University Press, Dorling Kindersley and Phaidon Press, with a focus on making non-fiction writing accessible to a general readership. I’ve also worked as a journalist and written and edited reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United Nations, the World Bank and for various governments.

I earned a PhD in economics and spent a decade teaching in major British universities while pursuing a parallel career as a writer. This has deepened my understanding of the task of making specialist and academic ideas appealing to the broadest of audiences.​

Business & Management Economics Finance & Accounting History Humanities & Social Sciences
English (UK) English (US)
  • PhD in economics

Work experience


Dec, 2011 — Present

I wrote and edited books and articles on economics, social science and history.

London School of Economics

Sep, 2011 — Jun, 2017 (over 5 years)

I taught economic history to graduate and undergraduate students.


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A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy... read more
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All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to economics.Bring economics to life with The Economics Book, an essential guide to more that 100 of the big ideas in economic theory and practice covering everything from ancient theorie... read more
"Economics in Minutes" condenses key economics concepts into 200 short and easily digested essays. Featuring not only fundamental ideas, such as the role of money and how the stock market works, but also subjects that are increasingly important to us today - u... read more

Niall has 6 reviews





Steven C.

Steven C.

Feb, 2024

Niall is without a doubt the best editor I have worked with. He is sharp in his analysis, is able to look at the big picture whilst also detect flaws in the details. After his first developmental edit of my book, it changed significantly for the better, ultimately giving me the necessary insights I wouldn’t have otherwise had without Niall’s guidance.
Niall K.
It was a pleasure working with you, Steven. It was exciting to see your book developing in the way that it did. Good luck with the launch!
Steven C.

Steven C.

Jan, 2024

Niall is a nonsense smart editor which really tells it how it is. Great insights and handy for my book because he's also an economist.
Thomas C.

Thomas C.

Sep, 2023

Niall provided an excellent editorial assessment. It was just the right level of feedback that I needed to revise my draft and get it ready to send to an agent. Excellent work overall, I highly recommend Niall!
Jens S.

Jens S.

May, 2023

I found Niall to be a swift and conscientious collaborator providing me with a much clearer understanding of the reader’s perspective and many intelligent insights into my manuscript.
Geoff N.

Geoff N.

Mar, 2023

Niall's work was outstanding. He provided a comprehensive copy edit of a 74k-word non-fiction business book. Every change was accepted. Each recommendation collectively enhanced the book by making it clearer and easier to read. I highly recommend Niall and consider him an important part of our editorial team.

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