Gaby Wood has been made head of books at the Daily Telegraph. She joins the Telegraph Media Group from the Observer, where she has been a senior writer for the past eight years.

During her time at the Observer, Wood was deputy literary editor, arts editor, editor of the review section, and most recently New York correspondent. She has also contributed to the London Review of Books, Granta and US Vogue.

Wood was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for her book
Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life. In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Cullman fellowship at the New York Public Library.

Sarah Crompton, arts editor in chief, TMG said:
"Gaby’s breadth of interests means she is perfectly placed to speak for books and literature and contribute widely across the paper and online."

Gaby takes over from Brian MacArthur, who is retiring.

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