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Last year I gave an interview about writing and editing with journalism insight resource CORQ.

Since 2019 I have been Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Random House, leading the website, social media, newsletter and podcast strategies for the UK's largest book publisher. 


In July 2020, this included editing a book of essays reflecting on the Covid-19 crisis written by leading authors including Malorie Blackman, Philip Pullman and Lee Child. I also write a regular interview series called Shelf Life that takes an in-depth look at the reading lives of authors, politicians and other public figures.

Prior to joining Penguin I was the Digital Editor of Esquire magazine, Features Editor of BuzzFeed UK and Culture Editor of The Huffington Post UK. I continue to write culture, lifestyle and travel features for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Mr Porter, Departures and many more.

Over the past decade I have won and been shortlisted for various awards, including BSME Digital Editor of the Year. I have made multiple TV and radio appearances and have worked as a freelance digital media consultant.

For any work enquiries please email:

samjohnparker@gmail.com