The Granta Books Team


Sigrid Rausing


Sigrid Rausing is the Publisher of Granta magazine, Granta Books and Portobello Books.

In 1993-4 she lived on a collective farm in Estonia doing fieldwork for a PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London, followed by a two-year honorary fellowship in the same department. Her book, History, Memory and Identity in Post Soviet Estonia: the End of a Collective Farm, was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, preceded by a number of scholarly articles in a range of academic journals.

In 2005 she co-founded Portobello Books with her husband, film and theatre producer Eric Abraham, and the publisher Philip Gwyn Jones. The same year she bought Granta Publications from the New York publisher, Rea Hederman.

She is a member of the jury of the Per Anger Prize for human rights defenders, and the Order of the Teaspoon, a Swedish organisation working against political and religious extremism. She was a judge of the Amnesty Media Awards in 2009 and 2010. She is a trustee of Charleston, the former home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. She serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and is an Emeritus member of the international board of Human Rights Watch. In 2010 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics.

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