Book industry's 'imagineers' celebrated

Book industry's 'imagineers' celebrated

HarperCollins c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne, Furniss Lawton agent Rowan Lawton and Kiss Me First author Lottie Moggach are three of the new names included on the Evening Standard's Power 1,000, the newspaper's annual list of influential Londoners.

Sceptre editorial director Drummond Muir, Penguin cookery editor Lindsey Evans, and Short Books co-founder Rebecca Nicolson are new additions from publishers to feature in the list's "Imagineers and Literati" section. Harvill Secker's senior crime editor Alison Hennessey is another new inclusion, described as a "driving force" behind the rise of Nordic Noir.

Meanwhile Mimi Spencer, author of 5:2 Diet, historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Jamal Edwards, author of Self Belief: The Vision (Virgin Books) and Quick Reads director and The Bookseller's new fiction previewer Cathy Rentzenbrink have also been added to to the list.

Several well known authors retain their inclusion, including Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes, as well as a number of agents, including Ed Victor, Curtis Brown's Jonny Geller, RCW's Peter Straus and David Miller, and PFD's Caroline Michel.

From publishing, Penguin Random House UK c.e.o. Tom Weldon, chair Gail Rebuck and Little, Brown chief executive Ursula Mackenzie all figure, as do Hachette UK c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson, Bloomsbury founder Nigel Newton and Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing. Among booksellers, Waterstones m.d. James Daunt and Nicky Dunne, chairman of Heywood Hill in Mayfair, retain places on the list.

The entire Power 1,000 list, which was selected by Evening Standard critics and specialist reporters, was topped by Prince George, who replaces Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Editor Sarah Sands said: "London is a magnet for the rest of the world and our newest power resident, Prince George, is a timely symbol. He is our greatest tourist attraction, along with his great-grandmother, which is why he has been chosen this year as the first among Londoners.” She added: "The 1,000 is a power list of coruscating imagination and innovation. London has never felt more vivid or open to possibilities."