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Andre Deutsch Stories…

You’ve probably gathered from my John Updike comment that I have more ‘Andre stories’ about the late Andre Deutsch CBE up my sleeve, and you are right.  I could tell you how he got one of Robert Maxwell’s secretaries (unintentionally) fired, how he once told me about a book that “it…

Damn Costa

Sometimes you wish something good will happen.  Now something good is finally happening to the wonderful Diana Athill, now Diana Athill OBE (Congratulations Diana) and winner in the biography category for Somewhere Towards The End.  Now as much as Sebastian Barry is a worthy overall winner, somehow I feel the…

W H Smith

With all the crisis on the high street, you have to wonder about W H Smith.  Before Christmas I spent £33 on stationery in my local WHS.  In return I was given a £10 gift card, with no spending restrictions, a £5 timed voucher if I spent £20 on books (in addition…

Leaving Publishing

You may find this hard to believe, but at one time in my career I was 3 weeks away from leaving publishing.  It was February 1991 and I was employed at then Random Century (soon to be renamed Random House) as Group Permissions Controller.  I’d been there for 5 months…

Change

I went to the hospital for some tests regarding my balance recently. I was strapped into a safety harness and then placed in a cubicle.  The challenge was to remain upright whilst the walls of the cubicle, and then the floor of the cubicle, were moved.   It is a bit like publishing at the moment –…

An Anniversary

Today is a significant day in my history.  8th August 1983 was the day I started working at Andre Deutsch.  Publishing seems like a different age compared to then – Andre still ran Andre Deutsch, Gollancz still ran Gollancz, Macmillan ran Macmillan (who had recently installed the ‘revolutionary’ Vista system…