Philip Parr

Philip Parr - Editor

Appleby-in-Westmorland, UK

Editor and proofreader with over 25 years' experience working with award-winning authors

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Overview

I started my publishing career in the 1990s with Macmillan's Dictionary of Art -- a mammoth encyclopedia with articles on just about everything that has ever been painted, sculpted or built. Since then, my editing experience has been similarly eclectic, ranging from comic novels to gritty crime fiction, and from popular biographies to in-depth historical studies. I have worked for most of the UK's major publishers (Hachette, Faber, HarperCollins, Routledge, etc.) on books by many best-selling authors, including Orhan Pamuk (Nobel laureate), DBC Pierre (Man Booker Prize), Tom Holland (Hessell-Tiltman Prize) and Mark Billingham (Crime Novel of the Year).
I also deal directly with writers who employ me to refine their articles and manuscripts prior to submission to agents, publishers and journals.
I have always been a freelancer, so I am acutely aware of the importance of building and maintaining close, collaborative relationships with clients. I see my role as entirely supportive, offering suggestions and a fresh perspective but never at the risk of jeopardizing the author's unique voice. It is, and always will be, your book. My job is simply to help you hone, polish and clarify the story you wish to tell.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Travel
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • MA Hons Politics and Modern History

Work experience

Editor and proofreader

Self-employed
July, 1992 – Present (about 30 years)

Freelance editor and proofreader for publishers and individual clients

Journalist

Self-employed
July, 1989 – July, 1993 (about 4 years)

Freelance arts journalist for The Stage, The List and Scotland on Sunday

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Snow

Orhan Pamuk

Snow begins in the year 1992. Ka, a poet and political exile, returns to Turkey as a journalist, assigned to investigate troubling reports of suicide in the small and mysterious city of Kars on the Turkish border. The snow is falling fast as he arrives, and soon all roads are closed. There's a 'suicide epidemic' amongst young religious women forbidden to wear their headscarves. Islamists are p... read more

Snow begins in the year 1992. Ka, a poet and political exile, returns to Turkey as a journalist, assigned to investigate troubling reports of suicide in the small and mysterious city of Kars on the Turkish border. The snow is falling fast as he arrives, and soon all roads are closed. There's a 'suicide epidemic' amongst young religious women forbidden to wear their headscarves. Islamists are p... read more

Bloody Foreigners

Robert Winder

Immigration is one of the most important stories of modern British life, yet it has been happening since Caesar first landed in 53 BC. Ever since the first Roman, Saxon, Jute and Dane leaped off a boat we have been a mongrel nation. Our roots are a tangled web. From Huguenot weavers fleeing French Catholic persecution in the 18th century to South African dentists to Indian shopkeepers; from Je... read more

Immigration is one of the most important stories of modern British life, yet it has been happening since Caesar first landed in 53 BC. Ever since the first Roman, Saxon, Jute and Dane leaped off a boat we have been a mongrel nation. Our roots are a tangled web. From Huguenot weavers fleeing French Catholic persecution in the 18th century to South African dentists to Indian shopkeepers; from Je... read more

Elizabeth I of England through Valois Eyes

Estelle Paranque

This book examines the first thirty years of Elizabeth I’s reign from the perspective of the Valois kings, Charles IX and Henri III of France. Estelle Paranque sifts through hundreds of French letters and ambassadorial reports to construct a fuller picture of early modern Anglo-French relations, highlighting key events such as the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the imprisonment and execution ... read more

This book examines the first thirty years of Elizabeth I’s reign from the perspective of the Valois kings, Charles IX and Henri III of France. Estelle Paranque sifts through hundreds of French letters and ambassadorial reports to construct a fuller picture of early modern Anglo-French relations, highlighting key events such as the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the imprisonment and execution ... read more

Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2003WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2003'Startling . . . explosive and extravagantly satisfying.' Guardian'Dangerous, smart, ridiculous and very funny.' New York TimesMeet fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little. Desperate times call for the most unlikely of heroes.

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2003WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2003'Startling . . . explosive and extravagantly satisfying.' Guardian'Dangerous, smart, ridiculous and very funny.' New York TimesMeet fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little. Desperate times call for the most unlikely of heroes.

Rubicon

Tom Holland

'The Book that really held me, in fact, obsessed me, was Rubicon . . . This is narrative history at its best. Bloody and labyrinthine political intrigue and struggle, brilliant oratory, amazing feats of conquest and cruelty' Ian McEwan, Books of the Year, Guardian'Marvellously readable' Niall FergusonThe Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community o... read more

'The Book that really held me, in fact, obsessed me, was Rubicon . . . This is narrative history at its best. Bloody and labyrinthine political intrigue and struggle, brilliant oratory, amazing feats of conquest and cruelty' Ian McEwan, Books of the Year, Guardian'Marvellously readable' Niall FergusonThe Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community o... read more

Lazybones

Mark Billingham

Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year, Lazybones is the third novel in the bestselling Tom Thorne series, a shocking, unputdownable novel from the master of psychological thrills.'Never loosens its grip on your throat' Daily MailIt's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison, having served seven years for rape, and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London... read more

Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year, Lazybones is the third novel in the bestselling Tom Thorne series, a shocking, unputdownable novel from the master of psychological thrills.'Never loosens its grip on your throat' Daily MailIt's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison, having served seven years for rape, and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London... read more

Superconnect

Richard Koch, Greg Lockwood

Networks rule the world. Take any organization: a corner shop, a new venture, a gang of drug traffickers, the United Nations, Google, the place you work. They are all networks, with their own rules and values and ways of communicating. Everybody belongs to networks and they make a huge difference to our lives - to our happiness and to our opportunities. SUPERCONNECT looks at how the successful... read more

Networks rule the world. Take any organization: a corner shop, a new venture, a gang of drug traffickers, the United Nations, Google, the place you work. They are all networks, with their own rules and values and ways of communicating. Everybody belongs to networks and they make a huge difference to our lives - to our happiness and to our opportunities. SUPERCONNECT looks at how the successful... read more

A Different Kind Of Weather

William Waldegrave

'Why did you go into politics in the first place?'A question that former Cabinet minister has found himself asked, and indeed asking himself, over the years, Lord Waldegrave's is a life lived through politics.The youngest of seven children, and the son of an earl, Waldegrave's quintessentially English upbringing would go on to shape the course of his life, instilling in him a sense of independ... read more

'Why did you go into politics in the first place?'A question that former Cabinet minister has found himself asked, and indeed asking himself, over the years, Lord Waldegrave's is a life lived through politics.The youngest of seven children, and the son of an earl, Waldegrave's quintessentially English upbringing would go on to shape the course of his life, instilling in him a sense of independ... read more

The Life of the Red Sea Dhow

Dionisius A. Agius

Few images are as evocative as the silhouette of the Arab dhow as, under full sail, it tacks to windward on glittering waters of Red Sea before moving across the face of the rising or setting sun. In this authoritative new book, Dionisius A. Agius, one of the foremost scholars of Islamic material culture, offers a lucid and wide-ranging history of the iconic dhow from medieval to modern times.... read more

Few images are as evocative as the silhouette of the Arab dhow as, under full sail, it tacks to windward on glittering waters of Red Sea before moving across the face of the rising or setting sun. In this authoritative new book, Dionisius A. Agius, one of the foremost scholars of Islamic material culture, offers a lucid and wide-ranging history of the iconic dhow from medieval to modern times.... read more

Is God Still An Englishman?

Cole Moreton

There has been a revolution. The God who ruled over us for five hundred years has been overthrown. The soul of England has been transformed, almost without anybody noticing. Gone are the shared values and confidence of a nation that seemed so sure of itself and what it believed in, even as recently as the wedding of Charles and Diana, our last great festival of certainty. Since then the number... read more

There has been a revolution. The God who ruled over us for five hundred years has been overthrown. The soul of England has been transformed, almost without anybody noticing. Gone are the shared values and confidence of a nation that seemed so sure of itself and what it believed in, even as recently as the wedding of Charles and Diana, our last great festival of certainty. Since then the number... read more

The Rich

John Kampfner

From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money.Starting with the Romans and Ancient Egypt and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the rich and powerful down the ages and around the world. What unites... read more

From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money.Starting with the Romans and Ancient Egypt and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the rich and powerful down the ages and around the world. What unites... read more

Hand for a Hand

T.F. Muir

When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, a note that contains only one word, murder, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is reve... read more

When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, a note that contains only one word, murder, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is reve... read more

The Meating Room

T.F. Muir

When the body of Thomas Magner’s business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from thirty years ago.In total fifteen women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw the... read more

When the body of Thomas Magner’s business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from thirty years ago.In total fifteen women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw the... read more

Scaredy Cat

Mark Billingham

The second book in the Tom Thorne series from bestselling author Mark Billingham, Scaredy Cat is a gripping, chilling tour-de-force; a book to keep you reading until deep into the night.'Assured and shocking' GuardianIt was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube, strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same tim... read more

The second book in the Tom Thorne series from bestselling author Mark Billingham, Scaredy Cat is a gripping, chilling tour-de-force; a book to keep you reading until deep into the night.'Assured and shocking' GuardianIt was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube, strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same tim... read more

Persian Fire

Tom Holland

In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched fr... read more

In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched fr... read more

Memoirs

Hurd, Douglas

Big Snake

Robert Twigger

Robert Twigger goes to the Far East in search of the world's longest snake - 'echoes of Gerald Durrell's trips crossed with Redmond O'Hanlon's foray into the heart of Borneo . . . a fantastic book' DAILY MAILAbout to be married, Robert Twigger decides on his last great adventure as a bachelor. Surfing the net, he discovers the Roosevelt Prize - worth $50,000 - for the capture of a live 30 foot... read more

Robert Twigger goes to the Far East in search of the world's longest snake - 'echoes of Gerald Durrell's trips crossed with Redmond O'Hanlon's foray into the heart of Borneo . . . a fantastic book' DAILY MAILAbout to be married, Robert Twigger decides on his last great adventure as a bachelor. Surfing the net, he discovers the Roosevelt Prize - worth $50,000 - for the capture of a live 30 foot... read more

Philip has 3 reviews

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James McCarroll
Phillips level of professionalism and quality of work will far exceed the writers expectations. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a content Editor and/or proofreader to hire him. You won’t be disappointed!

James McCarroll, June 2022


Victoria Randle
I would recommend Philip in a heartbeat. Not only is he professional (with regular updates of his process and clear, thorough explanations of how he approaches the editing process), but the quality of his work is brilliant. His edits are meticulous; I was left with a much, much improved manuscript thanks to his suggestions and eagle eyes! He spotted the tiniest narrative inconsistencies that ma...
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Victoria Randle, May 2022

Philip Parr
Many thanks for your kind words, Victoria. As you know, I found it a joy to work on Cold Secrets and I'm sure the book -- and the series -- will give similar pleasure to countless readers. Osman's ...
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James McCarroll
Phil was great! Not only did he do the proofreading, he submitted recommendations for editing. His work gave clarity to the project and adjusted the language to make it more clear and concise.

James McCarroll, March 2022

Philip Parr
Thank you, James. It was a pleasure to work on such an inspiring, uplifting project. All best wishes for the future.

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