• Fri, 28/02/2014 - 09:59

    The news of Ali Gunn’s death is too new and just so shocking and ghastly that it is still difficult to take it in. The thought of writing this was unbearable but as the memories of Ali began to flow, I found myself starting to smile and then giggle and finally to laugh as I remembered the first time, the last time and all the other...

  • Tue, 28/01/2014 - 09:10

    Former Cambridge University Press publisher Dr Andrew Brown has died at the age of 63.

    The CUP stalwart, who retired last year, had been suffering from cancer.

    Brown joined CUP in 1976, and rose through the ranks of the company to became m.d. of academic and professional publishing in 2002. His tenure coincided with “one...

  • Mon, 06/01/2014 - 08:40

    Author and journalist Simon Hoggart has died aged 67 following complications arising from pancreatic cancer.

    Hoggart, who worked for the Guardian and Observer newspapers for 45 years, passed away yesterday after a three and a half year battle with the disease.

    As well as parliamentary sketchwriting, Hoggart published 17 books...

  • Mon, 09/12/2013 - 12:08

    Paul Scherer was in the middle of writing a short memoir of his career when he died.

    Sadly, it closes with just two tantalising paragraphs about his first year at Transworld in 1982. Reading Paul’s words, I could hear his voice in every line. They’re an exemplar of brevity—he packs so much into every sentence.

  • Thu, 24/01/2013 - 15:25

    Peter Carson found himself thrust into the limelight of British publishing soon after Peter Mayer arrived from New York in the late ’70s to revive that ailing British institution, Penguin. Until then he’d probably foreseen—and looked forward to—a satisfying career as a history publisher, trawling the campuses for young...

  • Fri, 21/05/2010 - 06:01

    Robert Laffont, affectionately known as the grandfather of French publishing, died on 19th May aged 93.

    The son of a naval officer, Laffont first embarked unenthusiastically on a legal career. But then came the second world war and a radical change of direction. Hesitating between cinema and books, his friend and sometime partner Guy...

  • Tue, 01/12/2009 - 17:22

    Geoffrey Moorhouse was a writer of outstanding qualities. His tone of voice, his powers of observation and above all his integrity were truly inspiring. From his earliest days at Bury Grammar School he had the gift of expressing himself with a controlled elegance and he always said that he never had any doubt from his teens onwards that he...

  • Mon, 30/11/2009 - 15:44

    The funeral of travel writer Geoffrey Moorhouse, who has died aged 77, will be held in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday (2nd December).

    The funeral is at Hawes parish church at 2.45pm and details on trains and connections from London may be had from Marilyn Dugdale at ...

  • Wed, 11/11/2009 - 13:20

    William Miller, founding managing director of the English Agency (Japan), has died of blood poisoning.

    He was cremated in a private ceremony on 7th November and a memorial was held in Tokyo yesterday [Thursday]. A second memorial has been planned for the week before London Book Fair next year.

  • Wed, 28/01/2009 - 09:15

    Tributes have started pouring in for American author John Updike, who died yesterday (27th January) aged 76.

    His US publisher Alfred Knopf described Updike as "one of our greatest writers" in a statement to the press.

    "He was a part of the Knopf family for over 50 years," the statement said. "We will all...

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