News has emerged of the death of John Midgley at the age of 58.
Midgley's career in publishing spanned four decades, and included stints with Dorling Kindersley, Kingfisher, Rodale and Clearview. However he had moved abroad to live in the Andalusian region of Spain in recent years.
Midgley passed away "quietly and unexpectedly" at his residence in Conchar, Spain in September of last year, according to UK contacts who only recently learned the news. He was described as "a helpful colleague, a generous friend and a passionate lover of the printed book" who had found in Spain "a happy change of pace from the intensity of London life".