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About Lucy Slater

Lucy has a degree in History and began her publishing career at a children’s publishing house near Leeds, where her passion for publishing developed. Prior to this she worked in Madrid teaching English and attempting to learn Spanish. Lucy moved down from t’ North in December to cover Katie’s maternity leave, as Administrator for the Books and Journals and B2B teams.

What’s Your Excuse For Not… Overcoming Stress

Last night, Karine and I were pleased to attend the book launch for newest book in the What’s Your Excuse… series. Accompanied by nibbles and tipples, Author and Founder of Chrysalis Consulting, Kelly Swingler, introduced her new release What’s Your Excuse for not Overcoming Stress.

The book sits in a series of titles created by Joanne Henson, who authored two of the books, each taking a practical approach to their subject.

It was great to chat to some of the other authors including Amanda Cullen, Business Coach and Author of What’s Your Excuse for not Loving Your Job.

After a lovely evening, Karine and I left purchases in hand, hoping to bring back some top tips to the office.


Lucy Slater
Publishing Recruitment Consultant

Tel:  020 7034 7821




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The Bookshop Band

Last night a few of us went along to Daunt Books in Marylebone to check out the highly praised duo The Bookshop Band. They were fabulous! Sipping white wine, sitting in a beautiful bookshop and listening to enchanting music inspired by the books surrounding us – I can hardly think of a better way to spend a Thursday evening.

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The band are touring bookshops and other venues now so check out their tour dates and get yourselves along to see them! Check out some of their videos here: 

Let us know if you enjoy the Bookshop Band by tweeting us at @AtwoodTate or leaving a comment/message on Facebook or LinkedIn! 


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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Christina Dimitriadi

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What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?

The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers. It’s not a book I would easily pick up and I am not a fan of English romantic literature so when I saw the names of Lord Byron, Keats, and Shelley as the main characters I was a bit put off. It did take me a while to get into it but when I did, I was very pleasantly surprised. Powers sets a very interesting mood which is at times like reading someone else’s dream where you feel that there are moments of haze and you are not sure about what’s happening, while at other times things are bright and clear. It’s a very unusual vampire story in which the author has combined historical facts with traditional myths with folklore and fiction. It’s not consistent in pace so it can at times be a bit slow and then suddenly spur into action. This book does have some great action and gruesome terror and it builds up well towards the ending so I’m very happy I stuck with it!

What three books changed your life?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This probably has to do with the fact that when I was young I discovered this book in a small cupboard into which I had been trying to get for quite some time. One day I found the key and finally opened what turned out to be my mother’s book collection from when she was herself a child. I grabbed the most tattered book I could find and started reading it, and I did not put it down. This was the first time that I realised that reading a good book was one of the best pastimes.

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. It took me exactly three pages to fall in love with Pratchett’s style and writing. I finished the book in a few days and ran to the bookstore for more. Having now read all of the Discworld novels, Lord and Ladies is still one of my favourites. It’s a very balanced book between light and fun and darkness with a very tight and capturing plot. This was the best random book choice I’ve ever made and I would definitely recommend it. No matter what I’m currently reading, I always have a TP book open by the side of my bed. Revisiting the Discworld time and time again is like going to see an old friend.

I can’t think of a third one!

What’s on your birthday wish list?

Books, books and more books! I’m getting back to my passion for cooking and my dream of one day having a very attractive cooking library. So I’ve decided to try my hand at one of the most challenging cuisines; Persian and Middle-Eastern. Top of my list is Persianna by Sabrina Ghayour with food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. And to compliment that with something sweet, my second choice is The Baking Book from Honey and Co and their mouth-watering recipes from their restaurant in Fitzrovia, London – which is also top on my to-visit list.

What has been the highlight/s of the past year?

Leaving Athens (and 365 days of sun behind) to move to London. Shortly afterwards I started working with Atwood Tate which has been a lovely experience so far. I feel I am part of a small and supportive family in a very active and productive environment. I couldn’t have imagined a better place to be in for my first job in the UK.

True Fact: I never travel without a Terry Pratchett Book!

To find out more about the roles each of our consultants covers, go to the “Meet the Team” page.

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Welcome to the team Lisa!

We are excited to welcome Lisa – the newest member of the Atwood Tate team!

Lisa Smars

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After completing her MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes,  Lisa spent two years working in the Children’s and Educational Rights team at Oxford University Press.

She has recently joined Atwood Tate as a Publishing Recruitment Consultant and will be based in our Oxford office. She’ll be mainly focusing on Academic, Professional, and STM roles outside of the London region, but don’t hesitate to drop her a line if you are interested in publishing roles in general as she can always put you in contact with another member of the team.

01865 339 529


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Happy Easter from everyone here at Atwood Tate!

Happy Easter!

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Trek Helambu Nepal with Beanstalk!


This year Beanstalk will be holding their first international challenge from 10-19th November!

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Volunteers will make an incredible 4 day trek from Kathmandu to Thimbu through the unexplored Helambu region of Nepal. This will be followed by a two day project visit in a local school, to help set up a special place for the children to read.

The charity are aiming to raise over £30,000 which will go towards their life changing work; spreading the joy of reading to children across England.

If you are interested in taking part in the adventure of a lifetime please visit the Beanstalk website.

Beanstalk is Atwood Tate’s chosen charity. Beanstalk is a national charity (registered charity number 296454) which provides literacy support for children aged 6-11 in areas of deprivation across England. They hope to create a nation of confident children, literate for life and they need your help to achieve this.

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