Miles Kelly founder Jim Miles dies

Miles Kelly founder Jim Miles dies

Jim Miles, co-founder of children’s book publisher Miles Kelly, died on 27th August after fighting brain cancer for four and a half years. 

After traveling to Spain and Australia to teach, Miles (1950-2015) returned to the UK and began his career working at Sphere Books before moving onto Macdonald Educational, Charles Letts and Quarto. He then spearheaded an editorial team at Kingfisher where he met Gerard Kelly. The pair went on to found Miles Kelly children’s publisher in 1996. Based in Thaxted, Essex, the independent publisher currently publishes 700 frontlist titles. 

Kelly said: "Outside of Miles Kelly, Jim was a devoted family man. He loved playing golf and was a keen motorcyclist. His love of travel never waned, and Jim continued to visit amazing places, from the Everglades to whale watching on the Bay of Biscay.

"Jim’s diagnosis in 2011, after he fell ill one day at work, was a great shock to me and the whole team. He wasn’t expected to survive beyond 18 months, but in true Jim-style, he stubbornly defied the prognosis for a number of years. On behalf of everyone at Miles Kelly, I can honestly say that we were fortunate and privileged to work with Jim, and his legacy of Miles Kelly will live on for many years. He will be dearly missed."

Miles is survived by his son Ned, his wife Cathy, and his stepchildren Rachel and Alex.

The funeral for Miles will be held on Tuesday 8th September at 2pm, at St Mary's Church in Arkesden, Essex. The family request that kind donations be made in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity through this JustGiving page, in lieu of flowers.