Staff exodus at Hesperus Press

Staff exodus at Hesperus Press

All four members of staff at indie publisher Hesperus have resigned their roles at the company. The company exhibited at the London Book Fair, but all senior staff were absent.

The Bookseller understands all four employees of Hesperus Press, including head of publishing Nikki Griffiths, handed their notices in to the owners several weeks ago, with Griffiths and two others leaving last Friday (17th April) and a fourth employee set to leave at the end of this week.

No reasons have been given for the departures. Directors Gabi Sharbain and Shadi Sharbain could not be reached directly by The Bookseller. A third director Lana Hakouz, also based in Jordan, resigned last month, according to a notice at Companies House. Jordan-based chief financial officer Ayman Al Asmar said in an email to The Bookseller that a formal release about next steps and future plans would be issued “soon”, but would not give additional details.

Hesperus, formed in 2002, is the publisher of Jonas Jonasson's hit debut The 100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out of the Window and Disappeared, which has recorded print sales of 548,435 via Nielsen BookScan and over 700,000 e-books in the UK. Hesperus also publishes Danish thriller writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, and last year acquired rights to the latest novel by Sri Lankan writer Roma Tearne, The Last Pier, under its Nova imprint.