Mary-Kay Wilmers has been the editor of the London review of Books for close to 30 years but has now announced she is stepping down. She will stay with the paper as as consulting editor.
Deputy editor Jean McNicol and senior editor Alice Spawls have been appointed to succeed Wilmers as editors.
LRB was founded 1979. It is published twice a month and says it last year gained more new subscribers than in any other year in its history. Wilmers was one of the founders and became co-editor in 1988 and has been sole editor since 1992.
She said: ‘The succession has been long in the planning and I’m very proud to be handing over the editorship to two such talented women. I’ll be continuing to do my bit as consulting editor.’
Jean McNicol joined the LRB in 1987 as an editorial assistant; Alice Spawls joined as an editorial intern in 2011.
Alice Spawls and Jean McNicol said: ‘The LRB is the best paper in the world, thanks to Mary-Kay, and we intend to keep it that way. We’ve never wanted to work anywhere else, and indeed neither of us ever has.’