Elisabeth Calder CBE is an editor and publisher who, during her distinguished career, has discovered some of the greatest writers of our times.

Calder began her publishing career in 1971 at Victor Gollancz, where she published among others Salman Rushdie’s first novel Grimus, John Irving’s The World According to Garp and Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve.

Moving to Jonathan Cape in 1979, she published Julian Barnes’ first four novels, including Flaubert’s Parrot. She then went on to publish her first two Booker Prize winners, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac.

Her gift for identifying outstanding writers saw her rise through the publishing world to become a founding director of literary giant Bloomsbury Publishing. Many prize winning authors followed, with Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Nobel literature laureate Nadine Gordimer listed amongst the company’s writers.

Liz was named Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards in 1997, received an Order of Merit for Services to culture in Brazil in 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University Campus Suffolk in 2012 and was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2018.

Despite her busy career, she also co-founded Women in Publishing (1979) and served as Chair of the Royal Court Theatre in London. In 2011 she was also a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.