Becke Parker

Becke Parker, PR Collective Co-Founder is a highly experienced books and arts publicist and communications specialist.  As Commercial Publicity Manager at Michael Joseph Penguin, Becke delivered high profile campaigns across fiction and non-fiction, including Sue Townsend, The Hairy Bikers, Ronnie Corbett, Claudia Roden, Lucy Cavendish and the Healthy Penguin Health and Lifestyle list.  As a freelance publicist she managed all campaigns for the Harper Collins commercial fiction and crime imprint Avon Books, working with both established authors and debuts.  Other freelance clients have included Hodder & Stoughton, Quercus, Head of Zeus, Short Books, BBC Audio Publishing and Penguin Random House Audio, Cornerstone, Michael O’Mara and Penguin; working with authors such as John Julius Norwich, Rob Ryan, John Connelly, Jean M. Auel, Fay Weldon, Victoria Hislop, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Al Murray, Alexandra Heminsley and Andrew Morton.  The PR Collective works year-round on campaigns for Penguin Random House US; author campaigns within this that Becke has managed directly for the UK include Brooke Shields, Mara Wilson, Mayim Bialik, Mark and Jay Duplass, Lynsey Addario and Sherry Turkle.  Festivals and Awards that Becke has worked on include The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, Beverley Literature Festival, Huddersfield Literature Festival, India in Britain photographic exhibition and The FreeFrom Food and Eating Out Awards.

  • Becke Parker is incredibly hard working and brings a great energy, creative flair and enthusiasm to every campaign.  The last few years have been a huge time of change for the publishing world and Becke has driven our digital publicity and marketing coverage online which has played a huge part in Avon’s phenomenal success with our ebook publishing programme. She has also cemented great relationships with the Avon authors developing their presence in the media and growing the list’s profile as an imprint.

    Claire Bord, Editorial Director, Harper Collins Avon Books

  • I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working alongside Becke on several books now and it’s been an absolute joy from day one. She’s professionalism personified and one of those rare gems that as soon as you hear her name, you just know that everything will go swimmingly. I’ve never known anyone who goes the extra mile like Becke does and working with her somehow never feels like work! She’s highly respected not just by authors, but by press contacts and book bloggers too

    Author Claudia Carroll

Nine Nasty Words

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Baby Food!

My aim is to help parents make both cooking and mealtimes as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. It’s all about sharing food that the whole family will love, with your baby in a highchair pulled up to the table. Apart from the first few weeks of weaning, there really is no need to cook twice. In fact, it’s much better that you don’t! Your baby will benefit both nutritionally and developmentally from eating with you; and, if you are not stuck in the kitchen all day preparing endless different meals, you’ll be happier and less frazzled, too.

Your child’s development depends on three key areas of health that are intertwined and are interdependent – these are the Brain, the Immune system and the Gut (BIG). The first thousand days seems to be the critical window to get this essential BIG nutrition trio functioning well, as that is when your baby’s mind, immune-resilience and intestinal health are being primed for the future.

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Extra Life

Steven Johnson will present a four-part television series with historian David Olusoga, also titled Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer. As with the book, the series, set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, explores the lessons learned from previous global pandemics—including smallpox, cholera, the Spanish flu, and others—and reveals how scientists, doctors, self-experimenters, and activists launched a public health revolution, saving millions of lives, fundamentally changing how we think about illness and ultimately paving the way for modern medicine.

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