Peter Straus has been in the world of publishing for over thirty-five years. He began as a graduate trainee at Hodder and Stoughton and helped set up the Sceptre imprint in the mid 1980s. After a brief stint at Hamish Hamilton he became the publisher of Picador in 1990 and was tasked with building up the hardcover imprint as well as strengthening the paperback list. In 1997 he set up the Picador poetry list. He was there for twelve years ending up as editor in chief of all the adult imprints. He joined Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2002 and became Managing Director in 2006. He was responsible for the lost Man Booker Prize and also had the idea for the PEN Auction first edition second thoughts which raised several hundred thousand pounds for PEN. He was President of the Association of Authors Agents from 2014-2016. He was awarded a CBE for services to literature in 2016. He handles a wide range of authors , fiction, non fiction and poetry.