European sales agent Anselm Robinson has died of a cardiac arrest, near his home in Seconzac, France. He was 74.
Robinson represented many independent publishers during his career. He spent 10 years at Andre Deutsch Ltd in the 1980s as European sales manager and then sales director, moving on to be sales director at Pitman Publishing. In later life he pursued a career travelling throughout Europe to meet clients.
Suzanne Collier, founder of bookcareers.com, said: "Life was never dull (or quiet) when Anselm was around. He was a committed Europhile and loved the freedom to travel around Europe that his job gave him. An extremely likeable person, he never stood any nonsense and came from an era where everything could be settled over lunch or at the bar at the Frankfurt Book Fair. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and will be much missed by former colleagues, relatives and friends."