Philippa Thomson

Philippa Thomson - Editor

Edinburgh, UK

A reliable, competent and professional researcher, editor and writer. I have years of experience on non-fiction projects.

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I have years of non-fiction book publishing experience: writing, researching and editing. I am also an author myself. I'm willing to offer my services for any art & design books, or projects in the medical or psychology fields. I recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in The Neuroscience & Psychology of Mental Health with King's College London. My publishing career was spent at Orbis Publishing, Macmillan (a multi-reference work, The Dictionary of Art) and Phaidon Press, but I've tackled numerous projects as a freelancer. Most recently, I was asked by Alain de Botton to help him advance a number of book projects for The School of Life. My areas of expertise cover arts subjects, as well as medical ones, particularly those related to psychology and neuroscience. I'm dependable, and have a pleasant and cooperative disposition - something most of us consider rather important in a work colleague!
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
Life Sciences
Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • BA Joint Honours Degree, Latin, Ancient History & Archaeology; Postgraduate Diploma Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health; Diploma in CBT Counselling.


  • Scientific Essay Award from the Meniere's Society, 2016

Work experience


April, 2000 – Present (about 22 years)

Since moving from London to Scotland in 2000 I have worked part-time, around the care of my younger child who has severe and complex special needs resulting from a rare chromosome disorder. I have undertaken freelance research and editing for Phaidon Press, National Trust Publications and Creative Education Trust. I set up and compiled The Haddington Notebook, my own desk-top publication, which I distributed locally. In 2013 I wrote an article for the Guardian, and in 2016 self-published a memoir about my experiences with the inner ear disorder Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome. I edited and proof read the whole book.
I have written a series of online articles related to the book for The Mighty, Action on Hearing Loss, Hearing Health Matters,The British Tinnitus Association, Eurodis and Rare Disease UK. My peer-reviewed article Ménierè’s: Why Its Diagnosis Calls For More Careful Evaluation was published in the BJGP, December 2017. In November 2016 I won joint first prize for a scientific essay for The Ménière’s Society.
I am a very accomplished and careful editor, and enjoy working on a wide range of projects.

Picture Research Manager

Phaidon Press
March, 1990 – December, 1999 (almost 10 years)

Phaidon Press is an international art and design book publishing company with an outstanding reputation. I was in charge of the Picture Department during the crucial years when the company was being reshaped and revitalised by its new owner Richard Schlagman. I researched and edited many book titles myself, commissioned photographers, and also managed a team of in-house and freelance picture researchers. We worked on titles which covered all aspects of art, architecture and design.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Art Book (F A GENERAL)

Editors of Phaidon Press

Scarcity in Excess: The Built Environment and the Economic Crisis in Iceland

Mathiesen, Arna, Zaccariotto, Giambattista, Forget, Thomas

Ben Nicholson

Lynton, Norbert

Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle

Manning Marable, Leith Mullings, Sophie Spencer-Wood

The 20th Century Art Book

Editors of Phaidon Press

Philippa has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Alice Yuen
Philippa has been very generous and professional with her work. I’m very grateful for her proofreading on my manuscript. Hopefully we have a chance to work again soon…

Alice Yuen, May 2022

Philippa Thomson
Thank you Alice. It was a pleasure.

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Michelle Tocher
Another glorious collaboration with Philippa. Her proofreading is once again, reliably on point, and I always appreciate her suggestions for word choices or phrasing that 'up the game' and make the text flow more naturally. Many thanks for another excellent job!

Michelle Tocher, September 2021

jemima atar
I worked with Philippa on a very personal memoir, and Philippa ensured that everything was edited perfectly in record time, that my own writing style was preserved, and that all my many questions were answered. I felt that Philippa was an extremely dedicated and talented editor, with an eye for small details - she put her energy, intelligence and passion into my work. Importantly, she also reas...
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jemima atar, September 2021

Philippa Thomson
That is a wonderful review, and very kind of you, Jemima. It's been an absolute pleasure working with you on your memoir, and I wish you every success with the book. You very much deserve it, Philippa

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Ellen Heuven
Excellent editor that I would highly recommend for her professionalism, expertise, communication skills and motivation. It was a pleasure and great working with Philippa.

Ellen Heuven, June 2021

Philippa Thomson
Thank you very much, Ellen. It has been a great pleasure to work with you, and I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating on your very interesting project. I wish it all the success it deserves.

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Michelle Tocher
I had a wonderful experience working with Philippa as a proofreader. She put the final polish on the manuscript and I appreciated the care she took with the text. I would highly recommend her!

Michelle Tocher, May 2021

Philippa Thomson
Many, many thanks. It was a great pleasure to help you.

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