Rukhsana is building an eclectic nonfiction list and seeking strong voices in fiction. She has worked at award-winning publishers Saqi Books, Profile Books and Jacaranda. In 2012 she was awarded The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing and is a Bookseller Rising Star. She is a trustee of The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. She has a degree in physics and is looking for the best science writing.
“My reading habits are eclectic and very broad, and this is reflected in my list. I never forget how lucky I am to be able to work in (almost) all genres.”
Writers I like
There are so many! Malorie Blackman, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon, Mohammad Hanif, Mohsin Hamid, Henry Marsh, Sjon, Eduardo Mendoza, Sarah Waters, Marlon James, John Lanchaster, Ali Smith, Akwaeke Emezi, Arundhati Roy, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Gary Young, Thomas Piketty, Paul Gilroy, Orhan Pamuk, Frantz Fanon, Sathnam Sanghera, Julian Barnes, Mary Beard, Philip Pullman, Reni Eddo-Lodge – and so many more.
Genres I like
I am currently seeking nonfiction, especially in science, health, history, travel, philosophy, economics, memoir and current affairs.
Writers I’ve worked with
Gabriel Gbadamosi, Irenosen Okojie, Gene Sharp, Reza Aslan, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Rana Abdul Fatteh, Aslı Perker, Maggie Gee, Courttia Newland, Wilbert Rideau,Anthony Anaxagouru, Bina Shah, and China Miéville.
Arzu was Publishing Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and has over 25 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked at Bloomsbury, Vintage, Penguin Random House and Virago. She has published many bestselling writers including Khaled Hosseini, Malala Yousafzai, Tea Obreht, Maria Semple. At TGLA Arzu uses her considerable experience and expertise to work with authors on editing and developing their work before submitting to publishers.