City A M launches monthly book review section

City A M launches monthly book review section

City A M has launched a monthly book review section and appointed Francesca Washtell as its books editor.

‘City Pages’ will focus on books and audiobooks “relevant to readers who work hard and play hard in the Square Mile”, featuring reviews on a full page each month.  

A spokesperson for the free business daily said the pages would focus on “business, economics, finance, politics and current affairs but will rove wherever our interest takes us”. The section will also include interviews with authors, politicians and figures from the City about their favourite books, as well as news around events and trends. Content from the section will also run online.

The first book review section ran on Monday (15th January), following a section in December which featured an interview with Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup and The Startup Way (both Penguin Random House), and included a round-up of non-fiction reads of the year.

Washtell will continue to serve as deputy nights editor on the free business daily, as well as run the book review coverage.

The journalist, who joined City A M in March 2016, told The Bookseller: “I’m looking forward to spearheading our books coverage - and having an excuse to read even more.

“Many of our readers are also bookworms, whether they’re reading on their commutes or brushing up on the latest in current affairs on their lunch breaks, and we want City Pages to be the go-to books section for all the upcoming books they could both want and need to read.”

In previous roles, Washtell reported on industrials, alcohol, tobacco and gambling, as well as the leisure sector.

City A M was launched in 2005 with a daily readership of 300,000, and is distributed across various commuter hubs across London and the Home Counties as well as a range of offices.

In August, The Bookseller reported on the diminishing space for book reviews in the media including the axing of half the Press Association's output and some women’s magazines scrapping their dedicated books editor role.