High tide on the River Thames from Ham, January 2016, looking across to Twickenham and Marble Hill House. This stretch of the river – which includes parks, formal gardens, islands, stately homes, and cow pastures – is known as London’s Arcadia, and the view of it from Richmond Hill is protected by law: the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act of 1902 is considered one of the earliest and most successful environmental campaigns in history. The towpath often floods at high tide.
Andrew Wille has worked in publishing for over two decades. He was managing editor and then senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring and publishing many critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Subsequently, as a freelance editor, he’s worked for many of London’s most notable imprints, including Abacus, Element, Granta, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Macmillan, Orion, Portobello, Pushkin Press, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Virago. Wille is himself a writer and holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, an MA in English Literature from University College London, and a BA in American Studies from Hull University. As an undergraduate I also studied at the University of New Mexico. He was a tutor at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he taught creative writing and seminars in publishing for MFA and BA programs on campus and online.