Richard Cohen is the former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton, the author of Chasing the Sun, By the Sword, and How To Write Like Tolstoy, and the founder of Richard Cohen Books. Works he has edited have gone on to win the Pulitzer, Booker, and Whitebread/Costa prizes, and more than twenty have been #1 bestsellers. For more than 35 years he has written, edited, and lectured on numerous subjects around the world, from talks on the Queen Mary 2 to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium. For seven years he was a visiting professor in creative writing at the university of Kingston-upon-Thames in London. Among the novelists he has edited are John le Carre, Jeffery Archer, Jean Auel, William Trevor, Kingsley Amis and Fay Weldon.
Non-fiction authors with whom he has worked are A. Alvarez, Victoria Glendinning, Richard Holmes, V.S. Pritchett (Anton Chekhov), Hilary Spurling, Madeleine Albright (all her five books to date), Rudy Guliani, Andrei Gromyko, Manning Marable, Simon Winchester, Vanessa Redgrave, Dian Fossey, Studs Terkel and John Keegan.
For two years he was program director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and during his tenure it became the largest book festival in the world. Five times U.K. national saber champion, Cohen was selected for the British Olympic fencing team in 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review and most British quality newspapers.