Alexandra was Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Publishing for 20 years and she is now Executive Publisher.
She began her career on the art magazine Art Monthly and joined Virago Press in 1978 where she edited the Virago Modern Classics series, becoming Editorial Director in 1984. In 1990 she moved to Hamish Hamilton as Editorial Director and four years later left publishing to become a literary agent during which time her clients included Amanda Foreman, Geoff Dyer, Maggie O’Farrell and Ali Smith. She joined Bloomsbury in 1999. Her list of authors includes Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Esther Freud, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sheila Hancock, Khaled Hosseini, Celia Imrie, Nicole Krauss, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Anne Michaels, Ann Patchett, Hannah Rothschild, George Saunders, Kamila Shamsie, Patti Smith, Kate Summerscale and Barbara Trapido.
She is a Patron of Index on Censorship, a Trustee of Giffords Circus and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has been awarded Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University and Warwick University.