Jimmy six-hundred: Mr Daunt goes to New York

Jimmy six-hundred: Mr Daunt goes to New York

In all of the adulation for James Daunt, current chief executive of Waterstones and incoming chief executive of Barnes & Noble, it is worth recalling that it was not always so. A year after he took over at the business I watched as a senior publisher, visibly upset at how Waterstones had handled the roll-out of one of its biggest titles, physically effaced a picture of Daunt in that week's issue of The Bookseller.

The ill-feeling of this senior executive towards Daunt was not unusual either. Daunt's first few years at Waterstones were troubled. He had pushed and largely succeeded in gettin...

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