Biteback Publishing is Britain’s leading publisher of political and current affairs titles. We also publish espionage, general non fiction, and sport. Our sister imprint, The Robson Press, launched in the autumn of 2011 and has a remit to publish celebrity biography, humour and accessible history.

The team

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    Iain Dale Managing Director

    Iain Dale is one of Britain’s leading political commentators and bloggers and a presenter on LBC Radio. He is contributing editor for GQ Magazine, writes for the Daily Telegraph, Attitude and ConservativeHome. He is Managing Director of Biteback Publishing. Iain has written or edited more than twenty books including The Politicos Guide to the 2015 General ElectionMemories of Margaret Thatcher, The Little Book of Boris, 500 of the Most Acerbic, Witty & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics and Memories of the Falklands.

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    James Stephens Deputy Chief Executive

    James is the Sales and Marketing Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. He has been with Biteback Publishing since it began in July 2009, and has been extremely gratified to watch and participate in its growth, from humble beginnings, into the publishing behemoth it is today. He has worked in publishing for the last fourteen years, prior to which he spent far too long in higher education in England and Italy. He supports Arsenal Football Club and is often kept awake with nightmares about running into Michael Smith in a dark alley.

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    Vicky Gilder Publicity Director

    Vicky is Publicity Director at Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. She joined Biteback in 2015 from Little, Brown, and previously held a similar role at the Perseus Books Group. When she’s not directing publicity Vicky can be found reading, running, singing and cooking – though not usually at the same time… 

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    Olivia Beattie Managing Editor

    Olivia is Managing Editor at Biteback Publishing and the Robson Press. Olivia grew up in Scotland and read English Literature at the University of Glasgow, where she specialised in the work of Joyce, Beckett and Pinter. She then ventured south for a Master’s at Balliol College, Oxford, where she specialised in shoehorning tenuously related topics into her thesis. Olivia joined the Biteback team in 2012. When she’s not managing editing she enjoys Johnny Cash dance-offs and HBO boxsets, and aspires to membership of the Sublime Society of Beefsteaks. 

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    Michael Smith Editor-at-Large

    Michael is Editor-at-Large and the editor of our Dialogue Espionage Classics series. Michael is a number-one-bestselling author in his own right and an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He commissions books on a wide range of subjects but is most interested in history, crime, reportage and, of course, books on intelligence and spies. He is also one of the judges for the prestigious St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year prize. Michael’s own books include The Secret Agent's Bedside ReaderSix: A History of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1939 and The Secrets of Station X: How the Bletchley Park Codebreakers Helped Win the War. Michael is also a successful screenwriter and an Arsenal supporter but we don’t hold that against him!

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    Ashley Biles Sales Manager

    Ashley is the Sales Manager at Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press, having been the subject of a surprise transfer bid from James Stephens in the autumn of 2014. He previously held a similar post with Saqi and Telegram Books. His career in books also encompassed seven years as a sales rep with Signature Book Services and prior to that post many enjoyable years working as a buyer with the wholesaler Pipeline Books.  He remains excited about working on the tenth floor of a building overlooking the Thames at Lambeth, despite a fear of heights, and, given to wild perambulations through London, finds the walk down river from Vauxhall each day to work a joy. He is devoted to the music of Robert Wyatt and Laura Nyro and is an avid collector of ‘stuff’.  This ‘stuff’ includes an unfeasibly large number of books.

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    Victoria Godden Assistant Editor

    Victoria is Assistant Editor at Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press. She read Theology at the University of St Andrews and soon after made the move to London and publishing – but not before taking an impromptu detour to China for six months before joining Biteback in 2014. In her spare time she can be found reading salacious literature, attempting to paint and eating roast dinners.

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    Sam Deacon Press & Events Officer

    Leaving the provincial life of a Cornish country bumpkin – mid-2013 – he moved to London in search of the publishing dream.  After a spree of internships he found himself floundering in corporate information security sales. Eventually he was taken into the loving arms of the Biteback Publishing family. He studied Literature & Politics at Swansea University after which he spent a year traveling around the world. He enjoys rugby, surfing and CrossFit and would one day like to own a dog.


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    Sam Jones Marketing Executive

    The younger and better looking of the two Sams at Biteback Publishing and The Robson Press, Sam 2.0 joined the team in 2015, following a brief spell at Pan Macmillan. Raised amongst dogs, sheep and cattle in the rolling hills of Worcestershire, he studied English Literature at Nottingham before his Beatlemania led him to relocate to Abbey Road, London. Sam enjoys music, reading and football and aspires to one day sit on the Iron Throne.