Penguin Random House has today withdrawn from the London Book Fair, following the move made by Hachette Livre earlier in the day. All PRH employees globally will be absent from the event, including PRH UK staff.
A UK spokesperson for the publisher said: "The London Book Fair is an important moment in the global publishing calendar but given the fast-moving situation around the coronavirus, Penguin Random House has come to the difficult decision to withdraw from the fair in the interest of the health and wellbeing of our employees, authors, and partners.”
A PRH book fair party, scheduled for Chelsea Old Town Hall on King's Road on Tuesday 10th March, has been cancelled.
PRH c.e.o. Markus Dohle will however visit London, where he is scheduled to speak at the Sonny Mehta memorial on Monday 9th March.