Robert McCrum (judging 1970s) is a writer and editor. From 1980 to 1996, he was editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, where he published Kazuo Ishiguro and Peter Carey among many others. He has written seven novels and four non-fiction books, including My Year Off documenting a serious stroke he suffered in 1995, as well as a definitive life of PG Wodehouse, and co-authoring the BBC TV series, The Story of English, which won an Emmy and a Peabody Prize. He was literary editor of the Observer from 1996 to 2010, before becoming associate editor. He left at the start of this year to pursue his own literary interests. His forthcoming book, Shakespearean, will be published in 2019 by Picador.