My  Frankfurt Book Fair: Hattie Grünewald, The Blair Partnership

My Frankfurt Book Fair: Hattie Grünewald, The Blair Partnership

The literary agent and Bookseller Rising Star on Frankfurt’s charm—and the importance of taking a breather.

My first visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair was very  last-minute, as I got pulled in to take a colleague’s  meetings when they were unable to go. It was a trial by  fire and mostly I remember feeling a mix of exhaustion and adrenaline. 

I really miss the parties and all the industry intel you casually pick up at the fair. It’s been easy to feel out of the loop during the pandemic. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone as things return to normal. 

It’s great to see all the international editors you only see once or twice a year at Frankfurt, but I also just love running into UK editors in a different context—it feels a bit like a school trip.

The Blair Partnership will be taking virtual meetings during this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, but it’s such a  busy selling period for us that I don’t have time for  much else. 

I’m most excited about sharing Sarah Stovell’s Other Parents with international publishers. It’s the UK’s answer to Liane Moriarty—funny and completely unputdownable. It follows the lives and rivalries of mums at a rural village primary school; they all have opinions, and they all have secrets too. 

The best FBF party I’ve been to is probably the Friday night Canongate party, but any party with music and dancing is good in my book. 

My favourite place in Frankfurt for a drink tends to be wherever everyone else is going for a drink once the fair is finished. It’s all about the people for me. 

My top tip for surviving Frankfurt is... pacing yourself. And making sure you have at least one party-free evening to tuck up in your hotel room with some room service and a good (non-work-related) book.