Louise Court joins Sceptre as publicity director

News - Publishing Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Harvill Secker publicity director leaves Vintage after five years

Louise Court moves to Sceptre as publicity director for the imprint, joining on 21 March and reporting to Hodder & Stoughton communications director Eleni Lawrence.

Court began her publishing career at Orion before moving to Vintage where she has been for the last five years, most recently as acting publicity director for Harvill Secker and Yellow Jersey Press. She has worked with authors including Karl Ove Knausgaard, Margaret Atwood, Edward St Aubyn and Jo Nesbo, as well as Imogen Hermes Gowar, whose debut The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock publishes this month.

Lawrence said: "We have been hugely impressed by the passion, creativity and industry know-how Louise brings to her campaigns. We can’t wait to welcome her to Sceptre where we have an exciting line-up of literary fiction and non-fiction to look forward to in 2018, including Rachel Heng’s hotly-anticipated debut Suicide Club, Andrew Miller’s mesmerising new novel Now We Shall be Entirely Free, and Helen
Pankhurst’s timely and powerful Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights Then and Now."

Court said: "After enjoying a wonderful five years at Vintage I’m thrilled to be joining Sceptre, which is an imprint that I have long admired. I’m excited to join the brilliant team there and am looking forward to building this very special list with them."

Carole Welch, Sceptre publisher, said: "Louise is one of the best publicists in the business, so we are fortunate indeed. I’m greatly forward to her working on Sceptre’s list and being a key member of our team."

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