Mon, 20/07/2009 - 11:05
When a TV tie-in jacket becomes famous enough to be lampooned by Sasha Baron Cohen, whose posters for the film "Brüno" see him posing in a field of yellow oil-seed rape à la brooding Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, it's a sign that the book and broadcast relationship has finally hit the coveted "brand"...
Fri, 10/07/2009 - 14:26
"It dates back to my friendship with Helmut Kohl . . ." Lord George Weidenfeld is talking about his high-powered international think-tank, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which he founded in 1996 after a talk with the former German chancellor. The think-tank, which aims to build bridges between countries, has brought him close...
Thu, 25/06/2009 - 16:26
Di Speirs' office is full of sunshine—and possibly more books even than the average publisher's. Envelopes bringing yet more pile up outside, and she reveals there are 17 manuscripts by her bed. She says: "I see myself as the conduit between the BBC and publishing."
Speirs is the editor of the BBC's London...
Thu, 18/06/2009 - 16:09
When John Fallon joined Pearson in 1997, the company was a very different beast from the one it is now. At the time of his arrival as communications director, the publisher owned a collection of relatively unrelated companies, including Lazards Investment Bank, Pearson Television and Madame Tussauds. Pearson Education did not yet exist....
Fri, 12/06/2009 - 08:08
The night before I meet Amnesty International UK's publisher Nicky Parker she was at Amnesty's media awards. The event in part highlighted journalists under threat including Enyulla Fetullayev who is currently serving an eight and a half year prison sentence for being critical of the Azerbaijan government.
Fri, 05/06/2009 - 12:51
Ellah Allfrey recently returned from the Harare Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe. The senior editor at Jonathan Cape was running a course on life writing, but found many of her African pupils were astonished to think that their own stories could be relevant.
"People thought if they were not elderly political figures, nobody could...
Thu, 28/05/2009 - 15:40
Look carefully at the picture above, for it features a little piece of book trade history—and no, it's not Toby Blackwell. Underneath the branches of this very tree, one Sunday afternoon in 1934, Allen Lane first came up with the idea for the paperback.
The picture is taken at the Blackwell family seat, Ossefield, a smallish...
Fri, 22/05/2009 - 14:30
Engineers are a rare breed in bookselling. Up until eight months ago Eileen Russell was advising rail companies on train design, but now she spends her days among the stacks of books in her independent bookshop, Lost in Fiction.
"I think that if you come from something else you've got no baggage and no expectations," says...
Tue, 19/05/2009 - 13:26
After 10 years of running Impressions, a computer game development company, David Lester decided he needed to break free of the gaming industry. "Nerdy is an easy word to use, and probably a bit unkind, but gaming people talk about ‘Star Trek', science fiction, computer games and nothing else, and that really wasn't enough...
Fri, 08/05/2009 - 09:55
Proof that the sales rep is still an essential cog in the lifecycle of the book comes in the form of Kevin Duffy. Having worked as a rep for over 20 years for the likes of Headline, Kogan Page, and now Anova, Duffy is adamant that no hub, catalogue or computer can replace the pitch of a passionate salesman. "Even the most high-tech laptops...