Federico Andornino



Position: Editorial Director

Website: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group

Location: London, UK

Main areas of interest:

  • Literary fiction with mass appeal
  • International fiction (both in English and translation)
  • Literary crime
  • Graphic novels
  • LGBTIQ+ fiction

Originally from Italy, Federico studied Italian Literature, graduating with a thesis on realism and fiction in Dante’s Comedy. He then attended the University College London MA in Publishing, graduating with Distinction with a final dissertation on the role of translated fiction in the UK.

After almost two years as part of the Rizzoli Foreign Fiction team in Milan, Italy (working on writers like Chad Harbach and Gillian Flynn), he moved to London and joined Two Roads, an imprint of the John Murray Press division of Hachette, working with publisher Lisa Highton. Over almost five years there he published a variety of books, including Elena Varvello’s Can You Hear Me? (a Waterstones Thriller of the Month, a Times bestseller and winner of an English PEN Award), Riad Sattouf’s The Arab of the Future graphic memoir trilogy (a million-copy international bestseller, and a GuardianObserver and New York Times book of the year) and Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things (a Sunday Times bestseller, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and a #1 kindle bestseller).

He joined Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2017 as Commissioning Editor, and he is now Editorial Director for the imprint, acquiring literary fiction with an edge, sharp and original suspense and crossover, and fiction in translation. On top of looking after authors like Gillian Flynn, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Tea Obreht, Alan Furst and Bernhard Schlink, he has acquired authors including Charlotte Wood (Stella Prize-winning author of The Natural Way of Things and The Weekend), Jacqueline Woodson (National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of Red at the Bone), Chip Cheek (author of indie bestseller Cape May) and Peter Heller (New York Times-bestselling author of The River). Recent authors in translation include Paolo Giordano, Ilaria Tuti, Marco Missiroli, David Trueba and Sandro Veronesi.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Anything by Kate Atkinson; On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong; Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg; Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. In terms of other great storytelling mediums, I would have loved to be on the producing teams for Killing EveStranger Things and Booksmart.

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