Wildfire is part of the Headline Division of Hachette UK, a vibrant and dynamic publishing company which is also one of the biggest in the world. Wildfire publish a broad range of quality commercial fiction and non-fiction. Our fiction list comprises everything from must-read crime and thriller novels, to big-scale historical fiction, and imaginative concept-lead narratives. On the non-fiction front, we want to publish books which have a strong purpose and which cover a range of subjects, whether it’s important historical eras and figures, or key social issues, or just very funny observations. Our aim is to bring a new breed of hybrid non-fiction to Headline’s publishing, where well-known public figures write with passion about issues close to their heart.
Our overriding ambition is to publish compelling and thought-provoking books, books that you will want to talk about endlessly with your friends, books that have a little bit of soul.
Alex Clarke joined the Headline Division of Hachette UK as Publishing Director in March of this year. Previously, he had been in the editorial team of the Michael Joseph division of Penguin for 15 years. As Publishing Director at Michael Joseph, he published Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care, which was Penguin’s fastest-selling adult hardback novel, in 2009. He also published Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series, Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series and James Oswald’s Inspector Mclean series, alongside Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise. Meanwhile in non-fiction, recent projects have included biographies from comedians Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Kevin Bridges, along with This Book Loves You, by YouTuber, Pewdiepie.
Alongside Alex is Senior Commissioning Editor Kate Stephenson, who joined Wildfire August last year. She began her UK publishing career at HarperFiction in 2011, where she worked with bestselling authors including Stuart MacBride, S. J. Parris, Charles Cumming, and S. K. Tremayne. She was also instrumental in establishing the Killer Reads digital-first publishing programme at HarperFiction. At the end of 2015 she moved to Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins UK, where she published bestselling titles including The Missing, by C.L. Taylor and The Teacher, by Katerina Diamond.
Ella Gordon graduated with an English degree from the University of Nottingham in 2014. She then spent seven months travelling around the States and South America before returning and joining Waterstones as a bookseller. In April last year she began working at Headline as Editorial Assistant, and has been working with Alex and Kate to build the new Wildfire list. Her favourite books from the last year or so have been Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Emma Cline’s The Girls, and Shrill by Lindy West, and Ella aspires to publish similarly powerful writing that appeals to wide audiences.