Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson was in publishing all his working life [45 years], beginning as a sales assistant at William Collins in 1965, progressing through publicity to editorial. He became a commissioning editor at Macdonald [part of the British Printing Corporation] in 1970, and joined Granada Publishing as non-fiction editorial director in 1980. After Granada were bought by Collins [soon to become HarperCollins] in the mid-1980s, he spent the next 25 years as a non-fiction editorial director there before retiring in 2008. He has acted as a ‘sifter’ for the Best First Biography prize in the current year.