Olivia Beattie

Olivia Beattie – Editor

A senior non-fiction editor and proofreader with ten years' experience in trade publishing


An intuitive and responsive non-fiction editor, I have a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and ten years’ experience in trade publishing.

As editorial director at a small independent press, I’ve worked with Cabinet ministers, QCs and Olympic athletes to finesse their manuscripts, but I'm equally comfortable helping nervous new authors take their first steps.

With a background in politics, current affairs, biography and memoir, history, law and literary studies, I'm happy to take on most non-fiction genres, from the heavyweight to the highly commercial.

Most importantly, I'm adept at helping authors to fulfil their vision for their book, whether that's through in-depth structural editing, a light polish or anything in between.

Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History Law LGBTQ Non-Fiction Political Science & Current Affairs
English (UK)

Work experience

Biteback Publishing

Sep, 2018 — Present

Biteback Publishing

Mar, 2014 — Sep, 2018 (over 4 years)

Biteback Publishing

Jun, 2013 — Mar, 2014 (9 months)

Biteback Publishing

Jun, 2012 — Jun, 2013 (about 1 year)

Alma Books

Jul, 2011 — Sep, 2011 (2 months)



David Clegg

“Essential reading” – The Spectator “Compelling” – Times Scotland “Timely, important, compelling” – Bella Caledonia “A gripping story of power games and hubris” – The Observer “Reads like a thriller” – Iain Dale “All of this is raw meat to ravenous journalists... read more
The Last Queen

Clive Irving

“Clive Irving’s immensely readable book brings real authority, context and personal insight to our understanding of the Queen ... The Last Queen is as entertaining as it is essential, and I read it with gusto.” – Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles “A b... read more
“This book should be read in every household around the UK. It is educational, insightful and most of all honest.” – Nadiya Hussain “A funny, engaging and moving memoir. Rabina captures nuances and shatters stereotypes.” – Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News “An insp... read more
Nine Crises

William Keegan

A collapsing pound, spiralling oil prices, near-rationing of electricity... over the past half-century, Britain's economy has lurched from one crisis to another, though it somehow always survives or at least it has done until now.Veteran financial journalist W... read more
LIFE. SEX. RACE. POWER. FREE SPEECH. PROTEST. PRIVACY. DEMOCRACY. SOVEREIGNTY. DEATH. Society shapes law... and law shapes society. We like to imagine that progress comes about when Parliament spots a looming groundswell in public opinion and responds by chang... read more
“Refreshing and eloquent” – Libby Purves, The Times “Quin’s acute powers of observation vividly convey the hinterland of the modern general hospital ... A medical memoir for the Trainspotting generation.” – The Tablet *** Surgeons cut, but physicians... what d... read more
The Road to My Daughter

Elisabeth Spencer

Elisabeth Spencer’s daughter Milly came out as trans at the age of twenty-one. Just a few days later, in one of life’s perfect storms, Spencer’s husband was diagnosed with an advanced terminal illness – and so she was set on course to confront rebirth in the f... read more
Beyond a Fringe

Andrew Mitchell

Veering from the hilarious to the tragic, Andrew Mitchell’s tales from the parliamentary jungle make for one of the most entertaining political memoirs in years.From his prep school years, straight out of Evelyn Waugh, through the Army to Cambridge, the City o... read more
THE ALL-NEW DIARIESAlastair Campbell's diaries have the quality of Pepys ... people will be looking for insights and finding them in 100 years' time. Lord Alex CarlileLaunched to a blaze of critical acclaim, Alastair Campbell's explosive diaries became an inst... read more
“Highly readable” – Irish News “A gripping appraisal of Northern Ireland’s turbulent first century. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how we have got to where we are today.” – Suzanne Breen, Belfast Telegraph “A timely and lucid analysis of ... read more

Olivia has 1 review





Abby J.

Abby J.

Aug, 2023

Olvia was an excellent editor/proofreader. She was detail-oriented and very good at her work. English is my second language. She made the writing much more beautiful and professional. I recommend her to everyone.

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