Still Curious George

With 60 years of publishing under his belt, it's odd to realise that Lord George Weidenfeld's original intentions didn't involve books at all. Just after the Second World War, the Austrian Jewish emigre wanted to set up a magazine about international affairs, but paper rationing was such that to deceive paper controls it had to be published in hard covers. This duped the authorities into rating the company, Contact Books, as a serious book imprint, and got Weidenfeld the necessary allocation of paper.

"The whole thing was absurd," he says. "We produced editions until 1949, when we found it...

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