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"Full of tantalizing tidbits on some intriguing figures."  —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

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 now divides his time between London and France. He is married with three children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan; First edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330484206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330484206
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sirin on January 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tom Maschler's life story: how he became editorial director of moribund publisher Jonathan Cape in his twenties after an apprenticeship with legendary Penguin publisher Allen Lane, transformed their fortunes by innovative and creative publishing of literary fiction and intellectually groudbreaking non fiction, founded one of the worlds most well known literary prizes, the Booker Prize, and published a vast number of the great and good writers of the last few decades, is so remarkable that it is impossible to mess up. That said, Maschler makes a pretty good fist of it. His writing style is plain and un-self aware to the point of autism, he name drops famous writers like a glossy magazine columnist and clearly fancies himself as a raconteur, a bon viveur, though clearly he has upset many more people than he realizes. Many stories end along the lines of: and he/she never spoke to me again. I can't help thinking I am owed an explanation.

Mashcler's monstrous ego aside (at one typical comically un-self aware moment he writes of the pride he felt when a secretary said she could feel his presence in the Cape building even when she hadn't seen him arrive), his contribution to publishing is undiminished. He worked tirelessly to promote serious and intelligent books, and had a remarkable talent for spreading a buzz about his titles like bushfire through the publishing world. Publishers and booksellers knew that with Maschler behind a title you were guaranteed a: quality and b: (more important in publishing) sales. All this for comparatively little financial reward himself. Towards the end he writes of the buy out of Jonathan Cape by Random House when it could no longer survive as an independent company.
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By R. K. Dillon on May 14, 2015
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I enjoyed the book. It's anecdote-laden & short on introspection but interesting overall & very well written. Piquant glimpses into the personalities of lots of famous authors. T.M. was 'there' through a time of wonderful literary flowering.
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