Book trade figures pack Debrett's top 500

Book trade figures pack Debrett's top 500

Literary agent Jonny Geller, authors Malorie Blackman, Hilary Mantel and Kate Mosse, and trade figures Nicola Solomon, Richard Mollet, Gail Rebuck, Charlie Redmayne and Tom Weldon are among the figures on the 2015 Debrett’s 500.

The annual list brings together the 500 most influential and inspiring people in Britain. 

The list is split into categories: "Books" includes Children’s Laureate Blackman, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and authors Mantel, Ian McEwan, Mosse, J K Rowling, Russell Brand, and David Walliams. Agents on the list are Geller, joint c.e.o. and m.d. of the books division of Curtis Brown, and Peter Straus, m.d. of Rogers, Coleridge and White.

James Daunt, m.d. of Waterstones, also makes the list, as does Andrew Holgate, literary editor at the Sunday Times and Simon Mayo, Radio 2 presenter, whose show is home to the Radio 2 "Book Club".

Also on the list are John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson; Ursula Mackenzie, chief executive of Little, Brown; Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House; Redmayne, c.e.o. of HarperCollins, and Weldon, c.e.o. of Penguin Random House.

The list is completed by Solomon, chief executive of the Society of Authors, and Mollet, c.e.o. of The Publishers Association.

In the New Media category are figures including Alfie Deyes and Zoe Sugg, both YouTube stars who have released bestselling books; Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project; author, presenter and actor Stephen Fry; and entrepreneur and author Jamal Edwards.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, and the staff of the magazine, are listed among those "influencers" instrumental in compiling the 2015 Debrett’s 500. Iain Dale, m.d. of Biteback Publishing, is also listed, as is Howard Sharron, founder of the Teaching Times website and of the educational publisher Imaginative Minds.

Joanne Milner, chief executive at Debrett’s, said: “We are delighted to announce this year’s Debrett’s 500.  It’s a fascinating mix of people, and not entirely who you might expect. Every individual, though, demonstrates outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration."