Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Harriet Allan graduated with an MA Hons in English literature and language from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and moved to New Zealand the following year. After working briefly for a medical publisher and then with Oxford University Press, she moved to Century Hutchinson and has remained with the company through its various mergers and transformations, working initially as an editor and subsequently managing editor, also commissioning a wide range of titles: fiction and nonfiction, adult and children’s.

For the last two decades, she has been the fiction publisher, publishing many award-winning and best-selling books for the Random House New Zealand imprints of Vintage, Black Swan, Bantam and Arrow. With the latest merger, she has become the fiction publisher for the newly merged company of Penguin Random House New Zealand.

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