John Blake launches Ad Lib publisher as Soho Friday closes

John Blake launches Ad Lib publisher as Soho Friday closes

John Blake has started a new non-fiction publisher called Ad Lib and announced the closure of Soho Friday, the business he went into with ex-Bonnier bosses Richard Johnson and Derek Freeman.

Blake’s new venture, named after his Evening Standard columns from the 1970s and 1980s, will be run in partnership with illustrated book publisher Palazzo Editions. Ad Lib will share Palazzo’s office in Barnes, west London, alongside the infrastructure and its staff.

The new press will mainly focus on true crime, popular culture and some celebrity biography, putting out titles across all formats.

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