Liz Calder


In a career spanning four decades, Liz Calder entered publishing in the 1970s with Victor Gollancz, where she published John Irving and Angela Carter among others. She moved to Jonathan Cape, where she published Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, both Booker winners. In 1986 she joined Nigel Newton, David Reynolds and Alan Wherry to found Bloomsbury. Here she was responsible for the fiction list, which included two more Booker winners, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

Liz is president and founder of FLIP, and founding Director of the Groucho Club and the Orange Prize for Literature (now the Bailey’s Prize), for which she was a judge in 2010. Liz is also the founder and director of the East Anglian based publisher, Full Circle Editions who produce beautiful books, which have an East of England connection.