Paul Carslake

Paul Carslake – Translator

French-to-English book translator, specialising in non-fiction, delivering accurate and engaging text that is ready for layout.


Having spent 12 years as a non-fiction book publisher (at Quarto Publishing) I am now a freelance editor and translator (French-to-English). My career experience has given me a profound understanding of what it takes to get a non-fiction title to really engage with its readership and sell in high volumes across multiple language areas. I am also the author of two non-fiction titles, most recently with 'Psychology: A Crash Course', and my career has spanned magazine journalism and copywriting as well as book publishing and editing.

As a translator I have taken on some highly specialised areas (from basketweaving to whisky distilling!) and I will leave no stone unturned to find the correct technical terms, often in fields where no technical glossary exists. I have a keen appreciation for tone-of-voice, looking not only at the style of the original text, but also the expectations and idiom of the target English-speaking audience.

The result of all this is copy that is essentially 'ready for layout' - meaning it is sharply written, accurate, reads well, is error-free, and does not feel like a translation. For illustrated layouts, text is written to fit perfectly into the page, saving time on cuts and edits later.

While my focus is on translation, I also provide a range of editing services to help writers in shaping and sharpening their work.
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Entertainment Home & Garden Inspirational Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sports & Outdoors
French to English

Work experience

The Quarto Group

Jan, 2005 — Dec, 2016 (almost 12 years)

Responsible for the Quarto Publishing division, with around 35 new titles per year in a broad range of illustrated non-fiction categories. We created around 400 books during this period, many of which sold worldwide in multiple languages. I was closely involved in the concept and development of all of our books, aiming to do all we could to engage readers and make our books outstanding.


Dec, 2016 — Present

Non-fiction French-to-English book translations and wide range of editorial services.


The way humans think and behave is endlessly fascinating and often surprising. Professional psychologists spend their working lives analyzing individuals’ mental processes and responses. Their subject is a science, but their practice and approach are governed ... read more
Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. 224 pages, well illustrated. Scarce.
Stars and Cars

Jacques Braunstein

Steve McQueen, a Mustang, and San Francisco; the ten-minute pursuit in Bullitt has remained the definitive movie car chase for nearly fifty years. Iconic moments from cinematic history do not get much better than this.Stars & Cars is a celebration of the most ... read more
Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits. Sew clothes for every day or create outfits for special occasions. The detailed explanations are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns.Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfit... read more
Create 20 simple, modern basketry projects for use inside and outside the home.Create twenty basketweaving projects from interior decorations to garden accessories, in shapes both classic and unusual (such as egg shapes and napkin rings).Author Sylvie Begot us... read more
Discover the inspiring voices that have changed our world, and started a new conversation. The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change—within politics, science, human... read more
Learn to draw charming objects!Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw an Object is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching. The delightful illustrations are equal parts inspiration and tutorial and are sure to ha... read more
Learn to draw charming characters!Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw a Character is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching people. From babies to grandmothers, cyclists to shoppers, How to Draw a Character g... read more
On the occasion of the 2019 Tour de France Yellow Jersey's centenary, comes The Official Encyclopedia of the Maillot Jaune. Divided into four major parts, this book covers the incredible stories of every Yellow Jersey winner, the Kings of the Kings - the five ... read more

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