Fri, 21/09/2007 - 18:25
Borders UK and Ireland has been sold to Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson's Risk Capital Partners for a £10m up front cash payment plus an additional deferred £10m cash consideration. Borders Group will retain an equity interest of around 17% in the business
The transaction includes all 41 Borders superstores in the UK, the...
Thu, 20/09/2007 - 22:57
If there is anyone or anything to blame for Chris Laister-Smith's success as a bookseller, it's probably David Copperfield. Having decided that the original plan to become an accountant was not for him, Laister-Smith applied for a job at Waterstone's branch in Birmingham High Street. It came down to two candidates, but the...
Thu, 20/09/2007 - 12:54
Four decades of expertise lie behind veteran theatre critic Michael Billington's new book State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 (Faber, November), which explores the relationship between theatre and society over the years since the Second World War.
As the longstanding drama critic for the Guardian (he took up his...
Tue, 18/09/2007 - 08:32
Bloomsbury Publishing saw its revenue rise 36.5% to £51.4m in the first half of 2007, with profit before investment income up 7.6% to £3.3m. The growth was down to export orders of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with UK orders due to be accounted in the publisher's second-half, and "one of the most sustained...
Fri, 14/09/2007 - 10:23
You may not recognise Mark Oliver Everett—even some of his biggest fans would walk straight past him in the street. Also known as "E", the unassuming Eels frontman defines himself as a "poor excuse for a rock star", someone who shuns the limelight in favour of making music that challenges audiences and does not kowtow...
Thu, 13/09/2007 - 14:14
Here's a Dick Whittington story in reverse. In bleak, late-1970s Britain, a regional newspaper circulation manager by the name of Peter Field was down on his luck. "There was a miners' strike, power cuts—it was depressing," he recalls. "I had two young kids, and frankly we were sliding into poverty because there...
Wed, 12/09/2007 - 10:46
Caroline Michel, m.d. of the William Morris agency in the UK, is leaving to become chief executive of rival agency PFD. Michel has been brought in over the heads of the PFD management team, who have been attempting to negotiate a £4m buyout from parent CSS Stellar.
Michel’s appointment was made by David Buchler, the new...
Tue, 11/09/2007 - 13:03
The producers of Channel 4's "Richard & Judy" have announced the titles that will feature in a one-off children's books special this autumn. Broadcast on 28th October as part of the channel's literacy season, "Richard & Judy's Best Kids Books Ever" will feature 19 books, divided into four ability...
Fri, 07/09/2007 - 13:37
To a certain Joan Johnson, a maidservant at the house of the Mountjoy family in London's Silver Street in the early years of the 17th century, William Shakespeare was not the Bard of Avon, the genius of his age and the foundation stone of the English theatrical canon. No. Instead, he was "one Mr Shakespeare that lay in the house"...
Tue, 04/09/2007 - 14:57
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has signed with HarperCollins. HarperSport publishing director Jonathan Taylor and editorial director Tom Whiting paid a "substantial" sum for world rights in the book, which will be called Lewis Hamilton: My Story and published on 5th November as an £18.99 hardback.
It will chart...