Alexandra wins award for rising to the top in publishing

Published: 7 October 2010 at 10:02

Alexandra Pringle secures Alumni Success in Business Award

Alexandra Pringle, a high-flying book publisher from Cambridge, is to be presented with a special award from Anglia Ruskin University

The Alumni Success in Business Award 2010, sponsored by the Luminus Group, has been bestowed on Alexandra for her outstanding success as an international book publisher.

Alexandra Pringle graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 1975 and received an Honorary Doctor of Literature award in 1999.  She is Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Publishing where she heads up the company's Adult Editorial Department, secures the rights to literary gems from every conceivable genre and edits her own list of authors.

A self-confessed academic failure at school, Alexandra spent most of her time reading novels instead of working.  Having failed to get an interview for university, Alexandra took a secretarial course at the Cambridge Tech, later being accepted onto a joint honours degree course in English and English History at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT) which was later to become Anglia Ruskin University.  It was at this time that she became involved with the first Cambridge Poetry Festival, which developed her taste for writing – and writers.

Alexandra began her career in publishing at the magazine Art Monthly in 1976, where she was Editorial Assistant.  Two years later she joined Virago Press where she edited the famous Virago Modern Classic Series, becoming Editorial Director in 1984, then part of the management team to steer Virago through their management buy-out from Cape, Chatto & Bodley Head.  In 1990 she joined Hamish Hamilton as Editorial Director and four years later became a literary agent.  She joined Bloomsbury in 1999 and her list of authors includes many household names, including Barbara Trapido and Margaret Atwood.

Sue Jacobs, Head of Alumni Relations at Anglia Ruskin University said:

"This prize has been awarded to a most deserving winner, someone who has pulled out all the stops to accelerate her career and is now giving back her time to others who would like to follow in her footsteps."

"Alexandra is now an ambassador for Anglia Ruskin University, helping to raise its profile as a publishing course provider.  She has also helped to highlight the opportunities available within Anglia Ruskin's creative writing and publishing programmes, to show some of the hugely diverse ways that people can get into publishing or be published."

"Her drive to succeed, outstanding success as an international publisher and the fact that she is an excellent role model for our students, means she is the clear choice for our 2010 Alumni Success in Business Award."