Publishing

The Godfather: Edward Garnett had a keen eye for talent, but was blind to modernism

Edward Garnett and his diligent blue pencil

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Edward Garnett, radical, pacifist, freethinker, Russophile man of letters, was from the 1890s onwards for many years the pre-eminent fixer…

I’ve got Mick Jagger’s lost memoir

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I’ve got it. But you may never see it

Stop censoring Enid Blyton!

24 September 2016 9:00 am

PC versions of children’s classics were always doomed to fail

Beryl Bainbridge, photographed at home in London in 1980

The indiscreet charm of Beryl Bainbridge

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Philip Hensher found Beryl Bainbridge’s gamine charm irresistible — as did all of literary London. What a pity, then, that her biographer fails to capture it

David Quantick’s The Mule: lost in the world of translation

12 March 2016 9:00 am

For those who read the weekly music press during the 1980s, David Quantick’s was a name you could rely on.…

Jonathan Galassi’s fictional poet made me doubt my knowledge of American literature

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Galassi is an American publisher, poet and translator. In his debut novel Muse, his passion for the ‘good old…

Road rage and hot air balloons: Jessie Burton’s diary

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The week starts well. My debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a year old. On the anniversary of its publication, my…

Paul Mason's Postcapitalism is proof that the left is out of ideas

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The left is always eager to be told that capitalism’s final crisis is upon us – and it is always disappointed

Jeffrey Archer’s diary: a pirate at the traffic lights, and other Indian wonders

14 March 2015 9:00 am

This last week, in India, I visited six cities in seven days: Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta and New Delhi.…

Anthony Horowitz’s diary: Keeping James Bond’s secrets for the Smersh of publishing

11 October 2014 9:00 am

It was quite fun being named as the new writer of 007 — although actually I’d make a lousy spy.…

Is New York ready for Cydney the spaniel (and her Facebook friends)?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

As the maître d’ ushered me into the packed restaurant, I leaned in close and intoned softly, so as not…

J.K. Rowling is just too nice – and too lucky – to satirise publishing

28 June 2014 9:00 am

J.K. Rowling’s second novel under the Robert Galbraith moniker is a whodunit set in the publishing industry. This isn’t a…

The success of the Flashman series owed something to the inspired choice of Arthur Barbosa as designer of the covers

The derring-do that created Flashman

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Christopher Maclehose recalls his dealings with the author of the Flashman novels, George Macdonald Fraser

The publicist who's doing her best to keep me off TV

17 May 2014 9:00 am

I went to a meeting at Penguin earlier this week to discuss ‘publicity opportunities’ for my forthcoming book. Chance would…

A thriller that breaks down the publishing office door

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Like teenage children and their parents, authors and publishers have a symbiotic relationship characterised by well-justified irritation on both sides.…

Dear Mary: Why didn’t he kiss me?

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Q. My literary agent has failed to return my emails and phone calls and it has been six weeks since…