Bloomsbury’s Bill Swainson [pictured], Souvenir Press m.d. Ernest Hecht, Nature Publishing Group's Dr Philip Campbell and Paddington creator Michael Bond are among the book industry figures named in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Campbell, editor in chief of NPG's flagship journal Nature, is given a knighthood for services to science.
Swainson, who will leave his role as senior commissioning editor at the end of this month as part of a restructure at Bloomsbury, has been made an OBE for services to literary translation. Hecht is also made an OBE for services to publishing and to charity.
Bond is made a CBE for services to children’s literature. The author, who was made an OBE in 1997, released his published the first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958. The latest in the series, Love From Paddington, was released last year by HarperCollins Children’s Books, and a film featuring the character was also released in 2014.
Ernest Hecht, one of a number of émigrés who changed the face of British publishing after the Second World War alongside George Weidenfeld, Paul Hamlyn and Andre Deutsch, said: “I am deeply honoured not only personally by this award but also for all the other independent publishers who contribute so much to the diversity of our industry.” In 2003, Ernest Hecht founded a charitable foundation to support advancement in the fields of education, disability and the arts.
Other authors honoured include Karen Armstrong, whose books include Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (Bodley Head), is made an OBE for services to literature and interfaith dialogue. Author and illustrator Francis Paterson is made a MBE for services to children’s literature. Philippa Langley, who discovered King Richard III’s remains in Leicester in 2012 and who co-authored The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III (John Murray) with Michael Jones, is made an MBE.
Among academics receiving honours are Professor Charles Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Dundee, who is knighted for services to higher education and life sciences, and Professor Julian Crampton, vice chancellor of the University of Brighton, who is made a CBE for services to higher education.
Clare Matterson, director of strategy at the Wellcome Trust, is made a CBE.
Laura Bates, founder of the Everday Sexism Project, who also wrote Everyday Sexism (Simon & Schuster) and was a judge for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, gets a British Empire Medal for services to the promotion of gender equality.
Librarians on the list include Elizabeth Chapman, director of library services at the London School of Economics, who is made an OBE for services to higher education and libraries.
Famous faces named in the honours list include Lenny Henry, who is knighted, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who are both made CBEs.
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