Company spotlight: David Fickling Books

Company spotlight: David Fickling Books

The more books you mention, the happier I’ll be,” says David Fickling, whose newly independent publisher, David Fickling Books, launches this month with two débuts: Jon Walter’s Close to the Wind and Tim Hall’s Shadow of the Wolf.

In truth, it is hard to get Fickling away from books. “I want to be close to the making,” he says when I ask him why he left the corporate bosom of Random House after more than a decade. At 61, he says, the move was about his role. “I didn’t want to lose touch with the editing. The good thing is that I don’t have to talk about publishing. I can talk about boo...

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