Ed Renehan has authored more than 20 books published by Doubleday, Crown, Oxford University Press, Basic and other houses. The forthcoming film The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz and directed by James Marsh (Theory of Everything), is based on the true story Ed tells in his book Desperate Voyage: Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron.

Ed began his publishing career in 1980 with entry level positions at Wiley and St. Martin’s Press, eventually going on to become Director of Computer Publishing Programs at MBCI/Macmillan. Moving to Rhode Island from New York in 1994, he thereafter pursued his own writing and consulting projects.


“Excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read.” – Steve Buscemi, actor/director

Since 2010, Ed has served as Publisher at the digital-native start-up New Street, which takes up about 25% of his time. At the moment, New Street has some 85 titles in print in various formats: digital, paper, and audio. Imprints include New Street Nautical Audio.

Ed is an avid sailor, a former board member of The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other sailing/environmental organizations, and a founding member – along with Stewart Brand and John Perry Barlow – of The Long Now Foundation. He is also a member of PEN American Center and The National Arts Club.

His consulting clients have included the Publications Division of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Ruth Mott Foundation.

PS: Yes, this is the same Ed Renehan who, long ago and far away, played guitar and performed at folk festivals etc. with Happy and Artie Traum and other partners in crime, and recorded with Pete Seeger for what is now Smithsonian/Folkways. But these days the guitar never leaves the house, and hasn’t for quite some time.