Penguin Random House has announced that Eoin McHugh, who has been publisher of Transworld Ireland since the imprint’s creation ten years ago, has decided to leave the company.
McHugh joined Transworld in 2007 from his position of Head of Book Buying at Eason, tasked with setting up a new publishing imprint in Ireland. He very quickly made Transworld Ireland into a powerhouse in the Irish market, releasing a broad range of titles across the spectrum. In the arena of sport he published notable successes with the autobiographies of Ronan O’Gara, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul Galvin and Anthony Daly. In politics he published memoirs by Albert Reynolds and David Norris and Anne Chambers’ biography of TK Whitaker; fiction from Marita Conlon-McKenna and humour from Colm O’Regan.
In 2012 Eoin helped to found Doubleday Ireland, to publish literary titles. Their first discovery was Donal Ryan’s début novel, The Spinning Heart, which went on to win the Guardian First Novel Award and the Irish Book of the Year. Other critically acclaimed titles Eoin has brought to market include Gene Kerrigan’s The Scrap, Patrick Deeley’s The Hurley Maker’s Son and Conor O’Callaghan’s Nothing on Earth.
Transworld publisher, Bill Scott-Kerr, says ‘We will miss Eoin for his publishing flair, his incredible market knowledge and for being a wonderful generous colleague. To have created a publishing entity which has flourished in the face of a hitherto unprecedented recession and to be so well positioned for the future is testament to Eoin’s skill, resilience and judgement.’
Eoin McHugh says ‘Working for Transworld has been a fantastic experience and it’s difficult to believe it’s been almost ten years since we launched Transworld Ireland. Having published many wonderful books while working with great colleagues, I feel it’s time for a fresh challenge. Transworld Ireland is in great shape and in good hands.’
His last day will be 9th June.