Jenny Bell dies

Jenny Bell dies

Jenny Simpson, formerly Jenny Bell, who was The Bookseller's deputy editor until 2004, died on 4th August. She had been suffering from cancer.

Bell worked at Hudsons in Birmingham before joining The Bookseller in 1981. She covered bookshop news, before becoming features editor and, in 1996, deputy editor.

She left in 2004, becoming partner and editor-in-chief for her husband Michael Simpson's product innovation research agency, and bringing up their two sons in their home in Wargrave, Berkshire.

Nicholas Clee, now of BookBrunch, was the magazine's editor during her deputyship. He paid tribute to Bell's "forensic but fair" journalism and her "generously supportive" help as his deputy.

"Jenny had the ability, to a higher degree than anyone I have ever known, of analysing any plan, working out its strengths and weaknesses, and seeing it through to a conclusion. You wanted her on your side," he wrote, describing her "wisdom and friendship" as "enduring solaces" among the stresses of a changing industry.

She is survived by her husband and sons.