Zamyn Associate

Philip Gwyn Jones was born in Wales in 1966, and educated there and at the University of York. Always intent on becoming a publisher, he joined HarperCollins in 1989 as an editor, and became Publisher of Flamingo. Among the authors he edited were Isabel Allende, JG Ballard, Nicola Barker, Douglas Coupland, Rana Dasgupta, Joan Didion, Philip Hensher, Naomi Klein, Jhumpa Lahiri, Doris Lessing, Mark Lynas, Ben Marcus, Magnus Mills, George Monbiot, Mikael Niemi, Paul Preston, Arundhati Roy and Gao Xingjian. In 2004, Jones set up a new independent publishing house, Portobello Books, to focus on issue-driven non-fiction and literature in translation. In 2008, Portobello joined forces with Granta Books, and Jones became Executive Publisher of both imprints, until the summer of 2013. Among the authors whose publications he orchestrated at Granta/Portobello are Katherine Boo, Eleanor Catton, Patrick deWitt, Richard Dowden, Jenny Erpenbeck, Janice Galloway, Peter Harris, Ed Hollis, Jacek Hugo-Bader, Cynan Jones, Herta Müller, Raj Patel, Keith Ridgway, Jáchym Topol, Binyavanga Wainaina, Tommy Wieringa and Alejandro Zambra. He remains passionately committed to bringing the most independent, stimulating and bold writing and thinking to the widest possible audience. Jones lives in south-west London with his wife and two children.