Rose Goddard

Rose Goddard - Editor

London

I'm an editor and proofreader specialising in poetry and non-fiction; I've worked at Penguin and Oxford University Press. Big fan of words!

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Overview

I'm a literature professional with a background in editorial publishing. I've worked in in editorial, production and project management at Penguin, Oxford University Press, The Reading Agency and now the Women's Prize for Fiction where I manage the annual award for the best fiction written by women - truly a treat.

I love close-editing, structurally and at line-level, and working with authors to produce a sensitively-honed text. I'm also a skilled project manager, and really enjoy shepherdingbooks right through from conception to publication. Some projects I've worked on include:

- novels and poetry with Pushkin Press
- a history of the cryptic crossword
- a new translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
- commissioned introductions to Penguin Modern Classics and new editions of black Classics
- illustrated titles on fashion and visual culture including The Sartorialist: Closer, It by Alexa Chung and postcards from Vogue and The New Yorker


Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Classics
Historical Fiction
Poetry
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing
Photography
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • MA (Oxon), English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Awards

  • Ethel E. Jones Exhibition Prize for academic achievement

Work experience

Prize Manager

Women's Prize for Fiction
April, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

I work across all aspects of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. This ranges from day-to-day delivery to long-term planning and strategy.

Freelance Proofreader

Pushkin Press
February, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

I proofread novels, non-fiction and poetry in translation

Editor, Penguin Classics and Particular Books

Penguin Random House
March, 2010 – November, 2013 (over 3 years)

Working in an editorial capacity across Particular Books, Allen Lane and Penguin Classics imprints, managing titles through from conception to publication.

Commissioning Assistant

Oxford University Press
June, 2009 – March, 2010 (9 months)

Responsibility for own list of books in Higher Education Law department.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Bird Cottage

Eva Meijer

A novel based on the life story of a remarkable woman, her lifelong relationship with birds and the joy she drew from itI want to find out how they behave when they're free.Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds.Moving to a small cottage in Sussex... read more

A novel based on the life story of a remarkable woman, her lifelong relationship with birds and the joy she drew from itI want to find out how they behave when they're free.Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds.Moving to a small cottage in Sussex... read more

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

'A truly great translation . . . This English version really is better' - A. N. Wilson, The SpectatorTIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky's 'psychological record of a crime' gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a d... read more

'A truly great translation . . . This English version really is better' - A. N. Wilson, The SpectatorTIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky's 'psychological record of a crime' gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a d... read more

The Sartorialist: Closer (The Sartorialist Volume 2)

Scott Schuman

After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book encompasses the diverse style and visual ... read more

After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book encompasses the diverse style and visual ... read more

Two Girls, One on Each Knee

Alan Connor

Two Girls, One on Each Knee: A History of Cryptic Crosswords is an audaciously constructed book on the pleasures and puzzles of cryptic crosswords and their linguistic wordplay, from Alan Connor, the Guardian's writer on crosswordsOn 21 December 2013, the crossword puzzle will be 100 years old. In the century since, it has evolved into the world's most popular intellectual pastime: a unique fo... read more

Two Girls, One on Each Knee: A History of Cryptic Crosswords is an audaciously constructed book on the pleasures and puzzles of cryptic crosswords and their linguistic wordplay, from Alan Connor, the Guardian's writer on crosswordsOn 21 December 2013, the crossword puzzle will be 100 years old. In the century since, it has evolved into the world's most popular intellectual pastime: a unique fo... read more

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Helena Attlee

Travellers have always been thrilled by the sight of citrus in Italy, where dark leaves and bright fruit seem to charge the landscape, making the trees symbols of a sun-soaked, poetic vision of the country. Citrus also holds a special place in the Italian imagination, and in The Land Where Lemons Grow, Helena Attlee sets out to explore its curious past and its enduring resonance in Italian cul... read more

Travellers have always been thrilled by the sight of citrus in Italy, where dark leaves and bright fruit seem to charge the landscape, making the trees symbols of a sun-soaked, poetic vision of the country. Citrus also holds a special place in the Italian imagination, and in The Land Where Lemons Grow, Helena Attlee sets out to explore its curious past and its enduring resonance in Italian cul... read more

Collection of Sand

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino in Collection of Sand claimed that 'the brain begins in the eye'. The essays collected here display his fascination with the visual universe, in which the things we see tell a truth about the world. With encyclopedic knowledge and engaging curiosity, Calvino writes about such diverse subjects as the imaginative pleasures of maps, bizarre exhibitions and the earliest forms of writ... read more

Italo Calvino in Collection of Sand claimed that 'the brain begins in the eye'. The essays collected here display his fascination with the visual universe, in which the things we see tell a truth about the world. With encyclopedic knowledge and engaging curiosity, Calvino writes about such diverse subjects as the imaginative pleasures of maps, bizarre exhibitions and the earliest forms of writ... read more

The Diary of a Provincial Lady

E.M. Delafield

'January 22nd - Robert startles me at breakfast by asking if my cold - which he has hitherto ignored - is better. I reply that it has gone. Then why, he asks, do I look like that? Feel that life is wholly unendurable, and decide madly to get a new hat'It's not easy being a Provincial Lady in Devonshire in the 1920s, juggling a grumpy husband, mischievous children and a host of domestic dilemma... read more

'January 22nd - Robert startles me at breakfast by asking if my cold - which he has hitherto ignored - is better. I reply that it has gone. Then why, he asks, do I look like that? Feel that life is wholly unendurable, and decide madly to get a new hat'It's not easy being a Provincial Lady in Devonshire in the 1920s, juggling a grumpy husband, mischievous children and a host of domestic dilemma... read more

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION 'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.' - Barack Obama Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have... read more

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION 'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.' - Barack Obama Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have... read more

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