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At the end of the millennium, the leading British industry magazine, The Bookseller, selected the ten people who had most influenced its century. Tom Maschler—described as "the most important publisher in Britain; the most innovative, adventurous, and newsworthy"—was one of them. It went on to say that for nearly 20 years, "he made publishing glamorous." Over the course of his career, Maschler launched the careers of Thomas Pynchon, Joseph Heller, Gabriel García Márquez, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, and Bruce Chatwin, among others. From the party where Norman Mailer stabbed his wife to the porch where Ernest Hemingway shot himself, this frank and fascinating memoir affords a rare glimpse into the golden days of British publishing. An extraordinary literary memoir by one great publishers of the 20th century.

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Tom Maschler was born in Berlin in 1933. His family moved from there to Vienna, and then London. After a much celebrated career in publishing, Tom Maschler now divides his time between London and France. He is married with three children.
Published March 1, 2007 by Pan Macmillan. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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When he’s not recalling letters from Roald Dahl or a gruff encounter with Kingsley Amis or even the time he dropped LSD with Allen Ginsberg, Maschler muses on various spats, including one with former friend Sebastian Walker, who poached 12 Jonathan Cape authors for his own imprint, Walker Books.

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I am delighted to have worked with so many prize-winning authors, but my talent has extended into all areas of publishing - picture books, cookery books and children's books.

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London Review of Books

As one commentator wrote of him in his heyday (still barely thirty), ‘when Maschler turned up at a publishing party, the room stiffened as if a wolf had been let loose in a flock of sheep.’ The jacket picture – chosen, presumably, by Maschler – depicts him lounging, wolfishly handsome and casuall...

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