Edward Pearce

Edward Pearce - Editor

London, UK

Editor and proofreader with over a decade in London publishing, from bestselling history and culture to illustrated reference and how-to.

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I'm a professional book editor with a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and over a decade of experience working on high-quality non-fiction at a leading independent publisher in central London. My work spans illustrated and text-led books across history, biography, cultural criticism, literature, theatre, art, fashion, archaeology, how-to and more, while I'm also an avid novel-reader, with experience of literary agencies and the submissions process. I recently aced editing and proofreading tests for a leading commercial publisher, so you can be sure my skills are still sharp!

I'd love to help structure your book for maximum effect, make your prose sing, and perhaps even help you become a better writer in the process. Whether it's simply drawing out your voice or honing certain qualities, I tailor my edit to the project. Having worked with literary stylists, academics and non-native writers, I can assess what help you need, rewrite with style or simply check for typos, as needed. As a mentor for interns and new starters at work, I'm also well-placed to help new authors understand the process.

Beyond publishing, I'm passionate about the arts, food, sport, travel, comedy and current affairs, notorious among friends for wordplay and impractical jokes, and recently appeared on Only Connect.
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Humanities & Social Sciences
Sports & Outdoors
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction


  • Professional copy-editing training
  • Professional proof-reading training
  • Editorial project management training
  • InDesign training

Work experience

Editor (previously Assistant Editor and Editorial Assistant)

Thames & Hudson
January, 2010 – Present (almost 13 years)

I worked my way up from a month's internship to become an editor: editing, managing and proofreading a range of titles and mentoring new colleagues.

Portfolio (17 selected works)


Conrad, Peter

Arts of the Hellenized East: Precious Metalwork and Gems of the Pre-Islamic Era

Carter, Martha L., Harper, Prudence O., Meyers, Pieter

Angels (Art + Imagination)

Wilson, Peter Lamborn

20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style

Papi, Stefano, Rhodes, Alexandra

Virginia Woolf

Harris, Alexandra

Magnum Cycling

Magnum Photos, Andrews, Guy

Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron

Scarisbrick, Diana, Zucker, Benjamin

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