Master's memorial service tomorrow

Master's memorial service tomorrow

A memorial service for Simon Master is to take place tomorrow (17th April).

Master, former Random House group deputy chairman, died suddenly in January at the age of 70.

A memorial service will take place at 11am tomorrow at St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NH, followed at 12.15pm by a reception in the Culford Room, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ.

Master was deputy group chairman for Random House from 1989 to 2004 and previously worked at Pan, where he was editorial director, publishing director and m.d. in the 1970s and 1980s.

He served twice as president of the Publishers Association, from 1996-7 and from 2001-2, and was the inaugural chairman of the London Book Fair Advisory Board, a role he stepped down from in 2012.

Among those who have previously paid tribute to Master are Sonny Mehta, who worked with Master and is now he is now chairman and editor-in-chief Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group U.S.

Mehta told The Bookseller: “Simon was brilliant and was able to bring people together and encourage them to do things differently. I feel extremely privileged to have known him. He was just a lot of fun. He was involved, engaged and read a lot, as well as being a very good manager.”

Donations can be made to The Woodland Trust via JustGiving.